Don’t Mistake Doing What You Love With Doing What’s Important

by J.B. Wood A couple of weeks ago, my wife texted me, “Don’t forget to buy Megamillions tickets!:)” Upon learning of the multi-million dollar jackpot, we couldn’t help ourselves from fantasizing about a potential windfall. We’d quit our jobs. Pursue our dreams. Finally, we’d do what we loved. When the lottery numbers were drawn, ours, of [Read More...]

Vocational Courage and Renewal: An Interview with Parker Palmer

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Ten years after its first release, Parker Palmer is republishing his book of encouragement for teachers called The Courage to Teach. The book helped countless teachers and other professionals to recover meaning in their work lives, in the midst of troubled, sometimes toxic systems. Recently, The High Calling spoke to Mr. Palmer about helping teachers [Read More...]

A Call to Transform Our Work and Professions

by Stacy Jackson Have you heard the story of the three bricklayers? Preachers often use it to illustrate the different ways we view work. The first bricklayer works hard making money to serve his family. His work primarily provides money to enable him to serve others. The second bricklayer is thankful for the opportunity to use [Read More...]

When You Think Your Work Isn’t Making a Difference

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by Deidra Riggs We are telling our stories. We sit in a circle, two ceiling fans overhead, one humming silently in spirals, and the other standing still. We can’t figure out how to make the paddles of the one ceiling fan stir up air in this small, blue room with its overstuffed couches and wing [Read More...]

The Red Pen

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by Alissa Wilkinson If you listened closely at my office door during the month of December, you’d hear a bunch of resounding thuds. It’s the sound of stacks of printed final assignments being dropped onto my desk. In the sorts of classes I teach, the lion’s share of grading comes at the end of the [Read More...]

Enjoy Today’s Work

Psalm 37 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 It’s really easy for me to wait for the next big thing. It’s a habit of mine, actually. When I was in middle school, I couldn’t wait to be in high school; when I was in high [Read More...]


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