Tag Archives: Spirituality of work

Deeper for the sake of Good

The Big Idea: Our best, most authentic work needs to be rooted in something bigger than us and our good work. A deep guiding force that keeps us from being consumed by our good work or worse, becoming that which we resist. We think that the good work in and of itself will keep us…
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We ARE Chosen

How many of us remember the ad-hoc choosing of teams in the school yard? "I'll take Jimmy."  "I'll take Jane" and so forth until there is a lone person left and chosen by default.  There were times when I was growing up that I found myself the last to be chosen.  It is an awkward feeling to not…
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Blind Faith – Merton’s Prayer

The following is a prayer by Thomas Merton found in his book entitled Thoughts in Solitude.  Thomas Merton was an influential 20th-century Catholic author, popular spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist.  A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in Kentucky, Merton was a prolific writer penning over 60 books and many essays.…
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I Want to Win the Lottery, God!

Tom was a faithful guy.  He loved the Lord and did his very best to serve God.   One day, Tom was deep in a wonderful daydream.  He was lost in the fantasy of winning the lottery.  Oh, what he could do with a few million dollars. “I could pay off my debts and buy…
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Love Has Feet

Eugene Peterson writes in the Message translation of the Bible that in so many ways love has been graphitti'd over by a self-absorbed culture.  Our modern love stories are more akin to lust stories, and when we look closely at today's idea of love it is really quite anemic and, for this reason, lacks any…
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Show me the Kingdom of God

A follower of Jesus went into the city to meet with an elderly Spiritual Director.   They sat under the old elm tree and enjoyed a glass of iced tea, enjoying the warmth of the spring day.    As the conversation was lively and often deep, the elder turned to the other and asked quite…
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45 Things to Live Well (41-45)

In our final installment of 45 Things to Live Well we explore the theme of work.  Despite popular opinion, work is a healthy and worthwhile endeavour.    We do need to remember that balance is key as we need to learn to work to live instead of living to work.   Work can be an important part…
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45 Things to Live Well (36-40)

In this instalment of 45 Things to Live Well we look at a few things which can bring some healthy balance to our lives.   Balance is not always the easy way through but also some things that may cause us to stretch in healthy ways.  The danger I think is when we get one-sided…
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45 Things to Live Well (31-35)

Here we go with the next 5 things from the list of 45 Things to Live well.   It is often a great reminder as we think about some very practical things that authentic faith is walked out in real life.  This "real" entails the body, soul and spirit.  It is also good to remember…
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45 Things to Live Well (26-30)

It has been said there are three ways to gain wisdom; 1) By reflection and thought, 2) From watching and learning from others and 3) By personal experience.  The first two are perhaps the most expedient but if you are like me, sometimes you have to learn the hard way by experiencing it first hand.…
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