Category: Vulnerability

The Work of Waiting for Work

By Kelli Sallman, reprinted from Made to Flourish. Record layoffs. Seclusion. Loss. In three weeks, Americans filed more than 30 million unemployment claims and more are coming. Shelter-in-place rules, age, illness, and the broad loss of livelihoods have stripped away roles and outlets for talents that help form self-identity and purposeful work. For many in our communities, the world has become a…

Finding Our True Calling When Unemployed (and When Employed)

By Alan Stanley, excerpted from Workship. When my eldest two boys were young, they were given life-sized dolls of Bert and Ernie – from the television program Sesame Street – for Christmas. When opening their presents, what captivated them was not Bert and Ernie, but two small bags of balloons. Hmmm, what to get excited about, Bert and Ernie, or…

Piecing It Together

By Michaela O’Donnell Long, reprinted from the De Pree Center.  The other night my daughter and I were putting together a LEGO set. LEGOs have become what I’ll affectionately call a “pandemic pastime” in our house. As is usual, she was the builder and I was the helper. As helper, my job was to look at the instructions and see what pieces she’d need…

11 Ways a Biblical Understanding of Work Can Help during Corona 2020

Reprinted from Workship. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having unprecedented impacts on our lives, with apparently worse to come. Setting aside the health effects, our working is being impacted in many ways: the context (working from home where possible), the amount of work (casuals losing shifts, work suspended for months, being made redundant) and the culture of work (from positive to crisis)…

Valuing the Individual

By Darren Lim, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Learning to value and recognize the contribution of every individual is incredibly important. Our modern-day ecosystems are built around speed, efficiency and productiveness which while having their advantages, can also lead to transactional relationships and a lack of general empathy for the emotional needs of people stuck in…

The Bus: An Organizational Metaphor

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap. Over the last decade and more, the metaphor of “The Bus” has become popular within many of our business, service and educational organizations. It, indeed, has been a helpful way to look at both organizations and individuals within the organization. Questions such as “What is the purpose of the ‘bus’?”; “What direction is the…

Contentment, Joy and Peace . . . amidst the Job Hunt

By Renee Tan; reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. The workplace is often a source of stress, challenge and temptation for Christian workers. But seeking paid employment can also train us to be more like Christ. My recent job-hunting adventures have helped me see God’s faithfulness despite the weakness of my own faith in Him. In pitching…