Conversation with Andria Hall
Author of The Walk at Work: Seven Steps to Spiritual
Success on the Job
GGBC: First of all, Andria, thanks for writing
The Walk at Work. What was the impetus and inspiration
for your writing such an important book on a subject that
affects both men and women on a daily basis?
AH: God truly gave me this book! I've been working
in television as a broadcast journalist for more than
twenty years now. Most of my career has been "charmed,"
but sixteen years into my vocation I landed in the number
one market in the country and it nearly killed me spiritually.
I was working as the weekend Anchor for a network affiliate
and had never experienced office politics at that level.
The sabotage, backstabbing and all out assault by the
enemy who was desperately trying to steal my confidence
and my joy, almost had me defeated. After loosing 25 pounds
in five months, and trying to change everything about
myself on the outside to please my superiors, I sought
the Lord, but He changed me from the inside. It was then
that I came to understand that if I called myself a Christian
then my walk with God had to also extend to my work. That's
when I co-authored my first book, This Far by Faith: How
to Put God First in Everyday Living (Doubleday-1998).
Two years after that book came out and three years after
leaving television all together, God exalted me in His
time and I was asked by the then President of CNN to be
the weekend Anchor for Worldview. That's when I came to
the spiritually epiphany that my work was my mission field.
Many of my colleagues came to me for prayer, and words
of encouragement that came from my deep faith in Jesus
Christ. After two years of commuting back and forth from
New Jersey to Atlanta every week, (by the way I'm married
with three children) God allowed me to transition from
working for someone else to working for Him. That's when
He gave me The Walk at Work: Seven Steps to Spiritual
Success on the Job.
GGBC: What I personally fell in love with about The
Walk at Work is that is has several distinct components
that work together to ensure success in the workplace:
It's a small manual for personal growth and reflection,
as well as an inspirational journal and devotional. Why
was this important to achieve?
AH: I'm so thrilled you love the book. I knew
from the outset that if The Walk at Work was going to
bear fruit in the life of the reader it had to be more
than a book, it had to be more than a website (www.TheWalkatWork.com),
it would have to become a way of believing - a shift in
one's personal paradigm. I began with the Word, because
"In the beginning was the Word (John 1:1)."
And the Word of God speaks for itself. Jesus Christ clearly
shows us in Matthew 6:33 that if we seek Him first and
His righteousness all the other "stuff" of life
will work out. This principle became the foundation of
the book, the first step, Seek God Your Real CEO. The
journaling, the daily devotions, the exercises and action
points are essential for personal spiritual growth if
the reader truly wants to be spiritually successful. You
have to be intentional about your walk with Christ, whether
that's at work or at home.
GGBC: In your experience as a journalist what
were some of the most challenging aspects of living out
your faith in your workplace?
AH: I've told you about the most debilitating
time in my professional career, that was my time in NYC,
but the most challenging aspect of living out my faith
at work was learning how to be the salt and light that
God calls us to be. (Scripture) The Holy Spirit had to
work with me on that one. At first, I was like the little
boy who kept yelling, "The sky is falling. The sky
is falling." I felt so grieved by the lack of integrity,
values, love, spiritual conviction and maturity of the
Christians (and non-Christians) I observed. And the truth
of the matter is I was in that number too! Saying one
thing, and doing another. Taking on the characteristics
of the world when we as believers are supposed to be in
the world but not of it. (Scripture)
I had to be taught by the Lord through my own suffering
what it meant to desire the character of Christ, and then
I had to fight with my own sin nature in order to try
to get it. I had to work on myself first through repentance
and through the washing of the Word, to begin the process
of decreasing so that He would increase in my own walk
GGBC: Do you feel the average person finds
it scary to "live out" their faith at work?
What would be your advice on managing or overcoming the
pressure from (people who don't understand the God you
AH: It is scary at first. Faith is scary, but
it's like putting one toe in at a time in the cold and
icy waters of life. Eventually you become used to walking
by faith and not by sight. You'll see that if you stand
on the Word every time, God will be there to back you
up. It's important in the walk of every believer to get
to the point where you truly care more about doing what
God said, and then you care about the opinions of others,
any exterior circumstances or personal attachments. You
have to simply believe God, not just believe in God.
GGBC: I believe one of the key universal issues
for employees is finding "satisfaction" and
"fulfillment" in the workplace? How can one
begin to find both satisfaction and fulfillment where
AH: The first step in finding what I call in the book,
"soul satisfaction" is consciously detaching
from exterior conditions that make you happy or joyful
is a better way to put it, and plugging in to The Source.
The joy of the Lord is our strength as the scripture says.
One way is to be grateful for everything, especially your
salvation! Look around you at work; think about how many
people around you don't even know the Lord, Jesus Christ?
If that doesn't put your life in perspective, I don't
know what will.
GGBC: How can one's faith improve job performance
and enhance overall personal effectiveness and excellence?
AH: If your faith is active, and living and sharp
then you will walk in with conviction and stand on what
is promised in the Word of God. You will work unto God
and not unto man. You will have integrity even when those
around you have none. You will give respect to those who
are in authority over you, not so much because they deserve
your respect, but because God says to give it. Does faith
improve job performance and enhance effectiveness and
professional excellence? You bet!
GGBC: I believe in the power of prayer, Andria.
Why is a consistent prayer life the missing link to enjoying
meaningful success God's way?
AH: God is interested in every aspect of our lives,
especially our lives on the job. He knows that's where
we have the greatest opportunity to minister to the hearts
and minds of those who are hurting. Unnecessarily though,
believers are often the ones who are left most in pain,
because we don't use what God has readily given us to
be victorious in the 9 - 5 window. Prayer is one of the
most precious gifts Christ left the church, along with
His Holy Spirit. You want victory? You want true success,
and then listen to the apostle James verse 4:6-7. Listen
and obey. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything
by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your
requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which
surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and
minds through Christ Jesus."
Why is reflecting success God's way an important part
of The Walk at Work?
AH: It's really quite simple, if we don't represent
success God's way, then why would anyone want to know
about the God we serve? The way to freedom on the job,
and by freedom I mean not being slave to the whims, ups
and downs of layoffs, job threats, tyrannical bosses and
conniving coworkers is to find out what's important to
the only Boss that counts, and then go about pleasing
Him on a daily basis. That's what Matthew 6:33 is all
GGBC: Could you share with us one of your favorite
life verses or another Scripture for thriving in the workplace?
AH: My company is called SpeakEasy M.E.D.I.A,
that in itself is another amazing God story! M.E.D.I.A.
is an acronym that stands for Ministering Edifying Divinely
Inspiring All...to the glory of God. It is a media and
public speaking consulting firm and its foundation, as
well as mine is found in Ephesians 4:29, "Let no
corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that
which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister
grace unto the hearers." I want the words of my mouth
to always be acceptable to The Savior. I'm not there,
but I'm trying. Daily...I'm trying.
GGBC: In closing, could you give us brief
tips that we can begin to apply immediately that will
encourage us to keep the faith at work as well as spread
AH: These days the simple art of kindness is all
but gone. I'm single handedly committed to encouraging
others to bring it back. In the book, I talk about this.
Imagine the awe, amazement and wonder on the faces of
those around you if you actually carried out one of the
following suggestions I give in the Walk at Work. These
may just be the olive branch that God would have you extend
that will allow you to share your faith and the saving,
marvelous and unfathomable love that is, Jesus Christ.
- Grab a cup of coffee for someone else in the office
when you're out getting yours.
- Instead of throwing away your morning paper on the
commute in, offer it to the passenger sitting next to
- Pay for lunch for a coworker who is in the cafeteria
line behind you...just because.
- Pick up flowers for the cleaning woman at the office
to say thanks because she has a thankless job.
GGBC: Andria, GGBC would like to thank you
for your time and we wish you continued success and prosperity!
AH: It is my privilege and my joy. Thank you.