Thank you for sitting down with us today, Jeff! As a Customer Relations Manager, what about your daily occupation confirms you are at the place God wants you to be?
I don’t believe my career path to Reinhardt Lexus was a coincidence or by chance. It was a God-sent, although I didn’t know that 20 years ago when I started working there. After relocating to Montgomery from Hampton, VA, and retiring from the USAF, the vehicle I owned at that time was a Lexus. I took it in for service, and I was approached by the service manager, who asked me if I needed something to do daily. I replied, sure, why not. Needless to say, I saw an open door to use the knowledge I had acquired from many Bible teachings to share with others. After working there for several years, my ability to truly connect with those I came in contact with turned into a ministry opportunity.
For most of us, we find solace in our faith journey. How does your faith sustain you in continuing to dedicate yourself to your career, even when there are challenges ahead?
I would say having a community is what sustains me in my faith. I belong to a faithful church filled with many people who love me, mentor me, encourage me, pray for me, worship with me, and the list can go on. I feel I should be doing the same thing for those who are hurting at my workplace. I am reminded of Psalms 55:22 daily… to cast my burdens upon the Lord, and he shall sustain me. Each morning at 6 am, along with the rest of the managers, I receive a text Scripture from the President of Reinhardt Lexus. Once I get to work, I set my computer radio dial to Faith Radio, a Christian broadcasting station here locally. I find this to be a great way to meditate on God’s word throughout the day.
For Christians who struggle to live their faith beyond the church walls, what encouragement would you give them?
I would encourage them to begin each day with morning prayer or meditation. Sign up for a small group Bible study, be faithful in giving your tithes and offerings, and most importantly, serve God through serving your family. After all, being faithful starts at home.
For people who are still having difficulty dealing with the COVID pandemic, what are some words of encouragement within the Christian faith?
Let me assure you that God loves you so much. He knows and sees all things. And when things happen that are beyond our comprehension or our control, He is forever present. And always working for our good. Psalm 46 so eloquently states, “An ever-sturdy shelter in times of distress.” Yes, God wants us to choose “Faith over fear!” He says to let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you. (Isaiah 41:10)
Being a believer of Christ, there are values that you live by each day. What are values that you carry in your personal and also your professional life?
As Christians, there are values we should live by daily. Not only in our personal lives but in our professional lives as well. It means being honest, while displaying integrity and good work ethics. Making good choices, loyalty to co-workers, and always forgiving. Show humility and love so that when people see you, they see Christ. After all, being Christ-like is being like Christ.
Your faith is a vital part of who you are, and it adds an exciting dimension to your personality. How has your faith grounded you as a person?
In essence, in all of my learning, I realize that my faith is always about acknowledging Christ in everything. I ask God for spiritual discernment to know when my brother or sister is hurting and in need of a savior. Above all, I want to love unconditionally, as Jesus has loved us! We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. (1 John 4:16)
Jeff was born in Griffin, GA, and he retired from the United States Air Force as SMSgt in August 2000. Jeff is married to Denise Tate Holland. They have one son, Eldrick Tate, and are proud grandparents of one grandchild, Allison Grace.