Nov 17, 2014

Create Good: Choosing Good to Create Good

The emotional undertow started tugging at my ankles while I was mopping the kitchen. Yesterday’s confrontation with a coworker played through my head, and my emotions went along with the wave. Anger. Hurt. Powerless. Trapped. My thoughts tugged at me, tempting me to sink deeper beneath the surface. Why didn’t...
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Nov 17, 2014

God at Work

An old Jewish story says that when the Israelites fled Egypt, they followed each other so closely, so diligently that they never noticed the miracle happening around them. The waters of the Red Sea parted before them in a great spectacle. But the Israelites were so caught up with following...Read more +
Nov 15, 2014

Church Doesn't Always Come First

Church Doesn't Always Come First
"Let's not make church work into an idolatry. Church doesn't come first. God's will comes first." Everything we do is church...in the high calling of our daily work.Read more +
Nov 14, 2014

Create Good: Beauty in the Breaking

We roll our bags down the entry hallway of Children’s Hospital, past a colorful abstract butterfly mural. We’re here for a scheduled overnight—no rushed admission, no immediate accident or illness, no heart-thumping clutch of fear. We deal in the long and slow, in measured stretches of medication carefully calibrated—dripped in...Read more +
Nov 14, 2014

Create Good: Keep Showing Up

The family pretended they weren’t home, but I saw them through the window. I knocked on the door again, only this time harder, and then stomped back to my car through the crunchy snow. An outsider might have thought I was trying to repossess a car; I was trying to...Read more +
Nov 14, 2014

Create Good: It Takes Persistence

Whether you’re creating good in this world by faithfully serving others or by actually creating something like art, music, writing, or dance, it takes work. It takes time. It takes persistence. Few of us will be required to persist to the level Paul Smith does in order to create art...Read more +
Nov 14, 2014

Create Good: Still Fruitful

I worked at a warehouse the summer between my freshman and sophomore years of college. My job mainly consisted of loading and unloading trucks, along with tasks such as sweeping the floors. On more than one occasion, I remember thinking, I can’t imagine having to do this kind of work...Read more +
Nov 12, 2014

Garbage Man

Garbage Man
We tend to value work based on either how much money it earns or how much prestige it carries with it. Is that how God sees it? The Gospels seem to suggest otherwise.Read more +
Nov 10, 2014

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Nov 10, 2014

God's Work vs. a Career

Since they’d roomed together in college, Mitch and Steve had traveled separate paths. That’s how Steve saw it. About the time Steve began business school, Mitch entered seminary. You know, “God’s work.” Mitch became an associate pastor and rose in the church ranks. Steve took the corporate route. He excelled...Read more +

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