I have been asked to describe how my faith in God and my spiritual journey has contributed to my employment. I have held the same job, Materials Engineer for The U.S. Army Research Laboratory for the past 27 years, ten in Boston, Massachusetts and 17 at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen. I have done research for 22 of those years and have been an instructor of week-long seminar-type courses in nondestructive testing and corrosion prevention for five years.
On the technical side my faith gives purpose and meaning to my work, providing direction to what I do. But on the people said, it provides even more. Even in a research position, one’s relationships with peers, colleagues, and superiors are extremely important. Following Jesus’ example of tolerance, sacrifice, and forgiveness makes those relationships strong, useful, and worthwhile.
Working for the Federal Government requires acceptance of all races and religions. The Christian faith does not force anyone to adhere to its precepts, so I can be accepting of all.
There have been conflicts and disagreements during my 27 years but turning them over to Jesus has helped to work them out. Science and religion have been at odds for some people and in some places over the years, but I have continued to be both a scientist and a Christian, always being a Christian first. God has helped me in my employment as in every aspect of my life and I am very thankful to Him for that. All that we have is His alone, a trust from Him.