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1 Dignity of Work

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4 …Let’s Talk…..

5 Question What is the connection between this job and my purpose in life?

6 Discussion Sections 1. Meaning in Work, in the Context of Meaning in Life 2. The Power of a Call 3. Bringing Meaning to Our Work – Practical Implications

7 Purpose of My Life Meaning is Found in the Moments of Life Connectedness Congruence Purpose of My Work Life in the Moment

8 A Grain of Sand… The Lordship of Jesus Christ Past Moves through Time Future

9 Including God in My Plan… God’s Plan Me Me God’s My Plan God “I want deeply to get closer to God and to include Him in my decisions and my life.” (My 1 st journal entry, 10/25/80) Vs. Log scale

10 Man’s Search for Meaning “He who has a why can bear with almost any how.” (Nietsche) WHO WHAT “It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.” (Victor Frankl, 1946) GOD

11 Attributes Primary Call To a Person To Character (Christ’s) To a Purpose (to love) Dimensions of Calling Call in this Moment To a way of being To do “the right thing” Secondary Callings To different roles (spouse, friend, employee) Source: Os Guinness, Gordon Smith, Paul Stevens Jesus in Gethsemane

12 Two Distortions of Calling Source: Os Guinness, The Call “Protestant Distortion” Nature of Calling SecularSacred Level of Calling Low High “Catholic Distortion”

13 Do Everything for the Love of God “If all that a believer does grows out of faith and is done for the glory of god, then all dualistic distinctions are demolished.” Os Guinness “The menial housework of a maidservant is often more acceptable to God than all the fastings and other works of a monk or priest, because the monk or priest lacks faith.” Martin Luther “If our desire is to please God, pouring water, washing dishes, cobbling shoes, and preaching the Word is all one.” William Tyndale “To the soul, the ordinary is sacred.” Thomas Moore

14 A Grain of Sand The Lordship of Jesus Christ Past Moves through Time Future

15 Secondary Callings Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY New Old SELF Lordship of Christ

16 Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Secondary Callings Two Ways to Live World’s Source:Mt 6.33, X Lordship of Christ New Old SELF

17 …Opportunities for Expression Source:Mt 6.33, X Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ Two Ways to Live New Old SELF God’sWorld’s

18 Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ Primary Calling To love God with all our heart, soul and mind… and to love our neighbor as ourselves. MISSION Source: Deut 6:4~5, Mt New Old SELF

19 Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ Secondary Callings To grow into the full expression of “Christ in me.” MISSION Source: Col 1 New Old SELF

20 Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ Secondary Callings To be Linda’s best friend on earth. MISSION New Old SELF

21 Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ Secondary Callings To raise our sons into the men God has in mind for them to become. MISSION New Old SELF

22 Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ Secondary Callings To manage the resources God has given me to the best of my ability. MISSION New Old SELF

23 Secondary Callings To be there for people…to add energy to their lives. MISSION Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ New Old SELF

24 Secondary Callings To give some- thing back… MISSION Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ New Old SELF

25 Secondary Callings To contribute to a better society, as seen through the eyes of God. MISSION Business Leader Citizen Friend SOCIETY Steward Dad Spouse FAMILY Lordship of Christ New Old SELF

26 Discussion Sections 1. Meaning in Work, in the Context of Meaning in Life 2. The Power of a Call 3. Bringing Meaning to Our Work – Practical Implications

27 The Place of Our Calling TALENTS NEEDS OF OTHERS PASSION “The place God calls you is where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet.” Fredrich Beuchner

28 People and their Callings PeopleCalling

29 Great People with Great Callings William Wilberforce Alexander Solzhenitsyn Florence Nightingale While I cannot live at the depth of their truth, I can live in the direction of their truth…

30 Observations of Call Must be from God Begins with a call to Himself At the intersection of who I am and the work God wants to do on earth Other-centered vs. self-centered For others and with others We’re in the “between times”

31 Mr. Holland’s Opus

32 Discussion Sections 1. Meaning in Work, in the Context of Meaning in Life 2. The Power of a Call 3. Bringing Meaning to Our Work – Practical Implications

33 The Reality: Following Christ through Life Congruence & Connectedness “Trust God and do the next thing.” (Oswald Chambers) Walk with Jesus Sense of Direction Purpose of My Life Purpose of My Work Life in the Moment

34 A Grain of Sand….Some Key Relationships The Lordship of Jesus Christ Past Moves thru Time Future

35 Myth: We offer our work to earn God’s love. Me God 1 Jn 4.19, Ja 2.17, Ep My Work Versus Truth: Our work is an expression of God’s love within us. 3 My Work God Me 12

36 Myth: We derive meaning from our work. (We are what we do.) Derive Meaning FROM work The Worker The Work Truth: Bring meaning to our work. (What we do is an expression of who we are.) Bring Meaning TO work

37 A Challenge of Business Sources of Meaning Missionary Doctor Business- person From the Worker From the Work Social Worker Teacher Perspective & Motivations Intrinsic Meaning & Societal Value

38 Bringing Meaning to Our Work Assembly line worker for fetal monitors Soldering components all day long Building equipment that saves children’s lives High school English teacher Killing myself to teach unmotivated students Shaping young people’s lives Nurse in hospiceChanging bedpans for patients who will die soon anyway Providing a loving environment for peoples’ last days Shuttle bus driverDriving this boring route all day long to pay the bills “I meet interesting people going interesting places” JOB LIFE-DRAINING PERSPECTIVE LIFE-GIVING PERSPECTIVE

39 Small Group Discussion

40 InterVarsity Following Christ Conference Business Track--Kingdom & Calling December 30, 2002 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS 1. What do I see as the connection between my job and my purpose in life? 2. What myths have you believed/lived about kingdom and calling? What myths might you currently believe based on your “lived theology”? 3. Describe some highlights of your journey in discovering and pursuing God’s calling for your life a. Has it been easy? Hard? b. Has it been predictable? Random? c. Has it been clear? Hidden? 4. To what degree do you feel that your life has provided opportunities for the expression of your passions and talents? Have you seen how God has used these to meet the needs of others? 5. How would you articulate the call God has placed on your heart? How has it evolved over time? 6. What “life-giving” and “life-draining” perspectives could you bring to your current career position? What most accurately describes your true perspective?

41 Attributes of Business as Your Calling As an Institution Position of Influence in the world Inherently based on Service Inadequate model— Shareholder Value For an Individual Most people need to work to live Work 100,000 hours in a lifetime At the seam between the Kingdoms of God & This world Crucible for the growth of the soul

42 Where Do We Start?… “Don’t start by thinking about what the world needs, but think about what makes you come alive…for what the world needs are people who are alive.” (John Eldrege, Wild at Heart) TALENTS NEEDS OF OTHERS PASSION

43 My Work-Life: Sources of Joy 1. Colleagues I enjoy and respect a. Competency b. Character c. Chemistry Looking for a job vs. Designing a life? 2. Quality relationships among people 3. Work I enjoy 4. Opportunity for significant upside 5. Control of my schedule 6. Location

44 Meaning is Found in the Moments of Life Connectedness Congruence Purpose of My Life Purpose of My Work Life in the Moment

45 Let’s Talk…. What would it mean to… Create an Excel spreadsheet, or Perform due diligence on a company ….For the love of God….

46 In the world…not of it…. The interaction between our careers and our souls…….

47 I AM NOT A GREAT MAN January 2001 Lord, I am not a great man. How I have wanted to be a great man. How I have strived to be a great man. How I have made myself into a great man in the fantasies of my mind. I am not a great man. I am selfish. At my core, I care less about helping and serving others than I do about achieving my own goals. I am impure. Jesus, my thoughts are not your thoughts. My interior life has not been cleansed by your transcendent sacrifice. I am afraid. I wallow in the worries of work. As I come into mid-life, I do not feel the increased competence and character I had hoped for. I am tired. I have failed. I am lost. I am confused. I am frustrated. I am empty. I am disoriented. I am unmotivated. I am not a great man. But you are a great God. Lord, fill the cavern of my soul. Replace my doubts and my anxieties with yourself. Wrap my smallness in the greatness of your love. Nail my selfish, impure and fearful self to your cross, O Lord. Resurrect in its place nothing less than yourself, in me. Lord, as we begin a new year, plant in me the seeds of a new life. And let me acknowledge, Lord, that it is not I who lives, but you who lives in me. Seeing myself at this bottom, may I never forget that it is you who rescues me from the pit. It is you who edifies, you who redeems, you who saves. I am not a great man. But I do not need to be a great man, for you are a great God. I pray that I can develop a great love for you. And, I hope I am growing into a good man. Greatness in the eyes of men does not compare to goodness in the eyes of God.

48 …What if? The Lordship of Jesus Christ Past Future Moves through Time

49 Enjoy the Journey …..May you know that you are on the right trail….


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