Author: Kara Martin

Kara Martin is Project Leader with Seed, lecturer with Mary Andrews College, author of Workship: how to use your work to worship God. She was formerly Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. Kara has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. She was Director of the School of Christian Studies for three years and has lectured with the Brisbane School of Theology, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute and Wesley Institute. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations.

What’s on Your Mind?

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was…

God Deals with Our Idols

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to…

Permission NOT to Do Excellent Work

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Isaiah 29:13–14: The Lord says:“These people come near to me with their mouth    and honour me with their lips,    but their hearts are far from me.Their worship of me    is based on merely human rules they have been taught.Therefore once more I will astound these people    with wonder upon wonder;the wisdom of the wise will perish,    the intelligence of the…

Focus on the Present

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34 It has been a really nutsy time for me lately: a season of busyness. I…

Women Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Time

Reprinted from the De Pree Center. It is almost 60 years since Betty Friedan first started encouraging women to make choices about their lives. Her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique is widely celebrated as sparking the second wave of American feminism. In that book she described a problem faced by many women at the time: The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many…

The Great Resignation

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Psalm 1391 You have searched me, Lord,    and you know me.2 You know when I sit and when I rise;    you perceive my thoughts from afar.3 You discern my going out and my lying down;    you are familiar with all my ways.4 Before a word is on my tongue    you, Lord, know it completely.5 You hem me in behind and before,    and you lay your…

Working to Death

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Matthew 11:28-3028 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Miwa Sado was 31,…

Proverbs 31 Work Wisdom for Women AND Men

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Proverbs 31:10, 14, 16–17, 19–20, 30–31: 10 A [valiant wise worker] who can find?    She is worth far more than rubies.14 She is like the merchant ships,    bringing her food from afar.16 She considers a field and buys it;    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.17 She sets about her work vigorously;    her arms are strong for her tasks.19 In her…

God Is Shaping Us through Our Work

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. In 2010, Eugene Peterson declared, “I am prepared to contend that the primary location for spiritual formation is the workplace” (Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, p. 127). Let’s think about that for a moment. Surely not: it’s in church on Sunday, or at a spiritual retreat? However, Peterson was not just a…

“Just a Mum”

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. When I was a Mum with small children, I continued to do work projects. However, I struggled when people asked me “What do you do?” I tended to respond: “I’m just a Mum.” Two things to say about my response: “I’m just a…” That’s a value statement. It represents the fact that I valued…