“And every Christian should be able to identify, with conviction and satisfaction, the ways in which his or her work participates with God in his creativity and cultivation.” (Every Good Endeavor, Timothy Keller)
Keller points us to a lofty ideal for our life of work, whether in an office or in a home. My fear is that, for too many of us, it is just that, a lofty ideal in no way connected to what is real for us. We have created a gap between the experience of Sunday and the work of Monday, the sacred and the secular, the graceful work of God and the grinding work we do each day.
With that tension in mind, I pulled together a small group of people from our community, all connected to a Monday through Friday work life rhythm, and asked the question, “How can the church better support the lives you lead day to day?”
The conversation was rich and invigorating and hopeful. For those in the process of launching their career we uncovered questions like, “How do my values connect with the values of the company I work for?” “What criterion do I use to evaluate career moves?” “Where can I find someone who can mentor me in the process?” “Am I doing something meaningful for me and the world?”
For those in the middle of their careers, the questions shifted: “How do I balance my life at work and home?” “How do I function in a workplace environment that conflicts with my values as a follower of Jesus?” “How do I balance the needs of the company I work for and the needs of the people I work with?” “What do I do when I feel trapped in a position based on the economy, my chosen life-style, my family situation?”
Toward the end of the career, the questions shifted again, “How do I end well?” “What meaningful work can I prepare myself to do?” “How will I get a sense of my identity outside of work?” “Is there something I can give back to others at an earlier stage in the journey?”
Now, we are taking that small group conversation to a wider audience. We’d love for you to join us in the conversation. We are convinced that our work matters to the world and to God and that we can help one another bridge the gap between Sunday and Monday, God’s work and our work.
Our first gathering will be a one-time event from 7:00-8:30pm on Monday, March 2. The theme for the gathering is: It’s Monday—Your Work Matters. We will use that night to establish the baseline for our conversation both biblically and practically, and then open up the other issues we want to address in subsequent gatherings.
If you have not signed up, email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can have an approximate number. If you forget to send the email and want to come, come!
It’s Monday–Your work matters. Join our conversation. Look forward to seeing you March 2. Peace. Kai