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Friday, February 13, 2015

Intentionality Is Key

Intentionality is the key to putting "theology of work" to work. 

In the past two posts, we have seen examples of followers of Christ making intentional alignments between biblical truth and their daily work: Jack van Hartesvelt, who buys and sells hotels, and Don Flow, who sells and services automobiles. 

The key to successful contextualization of faith and work is intentionality. Of course, prayer is essential, and apart from God's enabling grace we are helpless. But sitting down outside of the workplace and thinking through how we can align our work with the biblical worldview is something people like Jack van Hartesvelt and Don Flow have done. At the risk of being redundant: intentionality is key. 

Over the past month, I have shared specific questions to ask when it comes to contextualizing our work. Those questions, along with some I did not include in my posts, are available to you in a single document here: "Questions for Contextualizing Work."

Here's another document you will find useful: "Signs That I Have A Well-Developed Theology Of Work."

Carrying these documents in your wallet or on your smart phone is good. Reading blog posts and saying to yourself, "that's a good idea!" is also good. But not good enough. What it takes, is slowing down long enough to think intentionally about how you can contextualize your faith in your specific workplace. 

I have discovered over the years that giving people practical tools for this process helps. With this in mind, I have developed a number of simple tools for this purpose, and I'll share one of them with you next week.

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