Henry solved the world’s problems every day before lunch.  Later he’d tackle the hard stuff. And he was sharp. Just ask him. No, wait: don’t ask him.  Either way, he’d tell you.

Sharp as he was, Harry obviously wore thin.  But he had some honest co-workers who valued him. “Henry, you’ve got a lot on the ball,” one said to him. “And we’d think more of it if we heard less about it from you.”

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge, and to some degree, to talk about your abilities is to put your best foot forward. So master the difference between a foot forward…and a foot in your mouth…in the high calling of our daily work.

Originally Published: Sunday, November 25, 2012

Howard E. Butt, Jr., served as president of the H. E. Butt Foundation until 2014. He is the founder of Laity Lodge and The High Calling, and serves as vice chairman of the H. E. Butt Grocery Company.


To be fully human is to live life for God, in a loving relationship with God. When we turn away from his design─separating sacred and the secular professions; denying the value of everyday life; working only for money, power, reputation, or fame─we aren't living as the "full humans" that God created us to be. To paraphrase Martin Luther, we "curve in on ourselves." When we live our lives in line with God's intentions and designs, we can finally become our full selves.

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