Your Identity Doesn’t Come from Your Work

So, you’re at a gathering and you meet someone for the first time. He asks you a key question so that he knows who you are: “What do you do?”What we do is so inextricably linked to who we are. It just is. Why? Because, in the beginning, God made humans this way!In Genesis, God says,“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule...” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blesse … [Read more...]

Can a Cardiologist’s Life Matter to God?

In this six-minute video, Skye Jethani talks succinctly about how a theology of vocation (or calling) must re-emerge so that every Christian can participate in the mission of God.He talks about three levels of "calling," and how understanding and valuing these callings can and will change the way Christians take part in real ministry.For more on these levels of calling, check out my previous post on how Os Guinness and Skye Jethani explain levels of calling.   … [Read more...]

Sabbath Rest for the Christian

On the seventh day, when God “rested from all his work,” he set a precedent for all of us. After the initial Creation, God entered the “rest” of enjoying his handiwork. He entered into a time of dwelling in and with the work of the first six days. The cosmos that he created was done – but that did not mean that more work would not be needed. But at that moment, God could enjoy the fruit of his labor. The construction of the temple was finished – he could now enter it and enjoy it. We are create … [Read more...]

Creation Is a Manifesto

We Christians sometimes try to be holier than God, especially when it comes to creation. We act as if the world is under the sway of the evil one. And we get our escape pods ready, practically eager to abandon creation, convinced that God doesn’t really care about it either.But that’s hardly God’s take on creation. Indeed, in the Incarnation, the Word made flesh, the Creator of the universe moves into our neighborhood. The infinite, transcendent God becomes embodied like us. And did you notic … [Read more...]

Playing It Safe Will Never Change the World

The dust swirled in the hot humid air as I trudged home from school. I slipped the report card next to Mom’s purse, hoping she would just sign it and give it back with cool indifference.No such luck.In our home, earning a mediocre grade was a major event, close to dental surgery or transmission work. Mom saw the “C” in social studies, and for the next hour, I was on the receiving end of a one-sided conversation about what that word meant. There would be no average in our family. We came f … [Read more...]

Four Things to Do When You Make a Mistake at Work

Each summer, as a teenager headed for college, I was determined to make as much money as possible. My dad, a roofer, needed the help. There were perks:  free transportation in Dad’s '52 Chevy, a lunch packed by mom, and a paycheck that didn’t bounce.Reality is, I wasn’t a good roofer. My lines were often crooked and, if left uncorrected, would ruin the run of shingles going all the way up the house. My patient dad would help me rip up the offending row, and we’d start over.On one hot Augu … [Read more...]

The Five Biggest Career Mistakes Christians Make

I can’t tell you how disappointing it was when, at age 22, I finally made the decision to pursue a “secular” career instead of going into the ministry. Rather than embracing a bold confidence in the choice, I had this sinking feeling that I was somehow letting God down.The pathetic part is, I prayed, fasted, and tried every which way to make myself want to work in ministry - but it just didn’t click. There was this nagging intuition telling me it wasn’t meant to be, despite the gravitational … [Read more...]

Crazy-fit Physical Therapist on Work-Life Balance

Several years ago, I met a blogger through The High Calling who seemed to care deeply about his work and family; his faith and service to others; his emotional and physical health. This sort of integration is common among readers here, but the way he articulated each of these and all of them together generated a seamlessness that intrigued me. His name is Bob Gorinski, and in one of those “Wait…what?!” moments, we discovered that we live only five miles from each other.We met for burritos and … [Read more...]

Five Ways Pastors Can Affirm Faith, Work, and Vocation

Art Lindsey, over at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, writes"Today’s evangelical Church has largely failed to address the subjects of faith, work, and calling. There is a tendency to focus on issues pertaining to salvation, evangelism, or basic personal discipleship (Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, etc.) but to ignore what most people do forty, sixty, or eighty hours a week......There isn’t anything wrong with recognizing someone’s faithful service to the church. However, w … [Read more...]

Working for God’s Best

Mark comes home from another exhausting night in the pediatric emergency room. In his mind he reviews the children’s faces, the difficult cases, the pained parents, and the good that he and his medical team were able to accomplish. It was a very hard night and yet a fulfilling night for all of the comfort and healing he was able to administer.There is however, a persistent and nagging voice regularly in his head. A voice offering a litany of thoughts that all but disqualify his achievements a … [Read more...]