Faith at Work in Information Technology: Chris Egoavil
Getting to Know You.
My name is Chris Egoavil and I work as a Financial Analyst for a software company in Dallas. I was born in Iceland, grew up in a military household and I’m now in my second year of marriage. One random fact about me is that I once had appendicitis while in Japan. Items on my bucket list include scuba diving with sharks and learning how to solve the Rubik’s cube in less than 60 seconds.
What do you do on a weekly basis?
On a weekly basis, most of my time is spent preparing financial reports, analyzing data, forecasting, and reconciling accounts. There is a great blend of both finance and accounting involved in this role. Data drives decision-making. One aspect that gets me excited about my job is the hard benefit that is offered to the executive team and investors when the data is used to make strategic decisions. It adds clear value and helps contribute to the overall success of the business.
How has your personal walk with Jesus impacted the way you work?
A theme that I’ve been constantly reminded of in my life and work is the idea of stewardship. In New Testament Greek the word that is used is oikonomia (oy-kon-om-ee'-ah) and it also translates management of the household or administrator. Administer comes from Latin and the literal translation means “towards” (ad) “service” (minister). Nothing I have or own is truly mine but it’s a gift that I get to share in and enjoy, including work.
What challenges have you encountered as you walk your faith out at work?
One challenge that I struggle with is anxiety. The world of finance is fairly black and white. Either an item is right or wrong, good or bad an asset or a liability. Faith is based on trust and when a situation is not turning out the way I want it to or expect it shatters my illusion of control and reminds me that Jesus is on the throne and the only place I can find true rest and peace is in Him. Charles Spurgeon said it well, “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
How have you been able to represent or re-present Jesus through your job?
The idea of reconciling or a bringing together is foundational to accounting and I can’t help but think of 2 Corinthians 5:11-21. Paul writes about how Jesus reconciles us to God and how we are then called to be ministers of reconciliation for others. That’s the beauty and simplicity of The Gospel. God draws us to Himself and then invites us to join in the adventure of the bringing together.
What are some lessons that God has taught you through your work that could help our blog readers?
Work is not the be-all and end-all of human existence but it’s an opportunity to add to human flourishing and bring glory to God.
Work can and should be meaningful. (Life is too short to not do what you love!)
Work gives you the opportunity to connect and care for people.
Any books, lectures, mentors that have been inspirational to you in your field?
Finance is not for everyone. If you find the idea of numbers, spreadsheets and graphs either completely boring or utterly stressful, that’s okay, we can still be friends. On the other hand, if the finance field genuinely interests you I would recommend you check out this video that does a good job of summarizing the basics of finance and investing in under an hour. Also, there is a book by Benjamin Graham called “The Intelligent Investor” that is another great starting point.