I’ve been thinking about work since I was a child.
As a very young girl, I liked to help my parents work, joining them hip to hip as they cooked lunch or repaired the car. As I grew older, I didn’t like “actual” work — like picking up sticks in the yard or cleaning my room — instead, I played at work I felt was more significant. In those play times, I was a teacher or a meteorologist or a poet.
As I grew older, my goal for my life’s work became focused and narrow: I would be a journalist. And so all my effort and education were toward that end. When I became a journalist, however, I felt unfulfilled. And so all my effort and education were toward a new end: finding meaningful work.
I have had jobs I’ve loved, and I have had jobs I’ve hated. I have been so sick that I couldn’t work and I missed it. I have been so sick of my work that I couldn’t live with it, so I quit. I have had three jobs at once, and occasionally I have had no job. I nearly went crazy.
Along the way, I have found that it’s difficult to determine which jobs I am “called” to. But a call to work, that’s simple. Whether I am 5-years-old standing on a chair next to my mother in the kitchen, or whether I am 40 and combining numbers into reports in a way that is meaningful, I was made to work.
In the last few years, I have been part of an online community that has this same vision of the role of work in our lives. At theHighCalling.org, I have found a group of people who understand that God made work for people so they could be like Him. The Fall of man made work hard, but work itself was part of the perfect world of the garden.
Recently, I have written for theHighCalling.org, participated in their book clubs and community writing projects, and gotten more involved with other writers there by highlighting them on Thursdays in my There and Back Again series.
Now, they have asked me to be part of their team in a more official way. Starting this week, I am serving as a Content Editor for theHighCalling.org. For me, this primarily means helping with some of their editorial duties: reviewing and prepping articles for publication.
For you, though, this means a more direct link with dozens of the best Christian writers in the country, telling stories and wrestling with ideas that affect us all everyday in our work at home, on the job, in our faith, and as part of the larger culture.
I’m looking forward to sharing this experience with you!