These days I have a particular interest in anything related to a spirituality of work since I’m thinking about a new book project as a companion to my Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal. Rest and renewal in the form of sacred pauses and spiritual practice are vital to healthy living, but the flip side of all of that is a healthy spirituality of work. In the rhythm of work and rest, Sacred Pauses addresses just the one side of rest, and over the last year since its publication, I’ve been thinking a lot about the other side of work.
I’m not yet sure what a new book project on spirituality/spiritual practice/work might look like, or how it might be different from other books on work already available, but I’m mulling that over and have started collecting some ideas. Here is a sampling:
All in a Day’s Work: Practicing Spirituality at Work
“God is constantly creating, and we are all invited to be part of that process: the barber who makes someone feel good before an important event; the nurse who lifts a patient’s spirits when he is despairing; the secretary who helps transmit an important document, the sales person who finds just what a busy person needs; the car dealer who makes sure that a vehicle meets safety standards.”
Ben Witherington on a Biblical Theology of Work
In this post, New Testament scholar Ben Witherington introduces his book, Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor. He says, “the theology of work in the Bible has to be set alongside the theology of rest in the Bible.” In the same way, I’m thinking that a spirituality of Sacred Pauses also needs to be set alongside a spirituality of work.
How Micro-Prayers Can Get You through the Workday
“To deal with the constant rash of self-centered and negative mind-chatter, I have taken to saying tiny micro-prayers at various points throughout the day: prior to walking into a difficult meeting; while in the midst of same meeting; before presenting a Big Idea to the Big Cheese; while staring blankly into my computer; or just about any time when I suspect there might be head-butting and ego-clashing coming down the hall.”
Reimagining the Spiritual Purpose of Our Work
“I started sinking into my work and career as an inherent part of my spiritual journey, where God was going to teach me, use me, build his kingdom through me.”
Work in Progress
This is my Pinterest board where I plan to collect ideas for my maybe new book project on Work and Spiritual Practice. I started it as a “secret” board, and changed the setting to public last night. Please follow along if you’d like to track my progress, and if you have books or articles to suggest, please feel free to send me a pin or leave a comment below.
So what do you think? Is there room for another book on work, focused on work as spiritual practice? Not as drudgery that we need a break from, but as gift and delight as part of our spiritual journey, as vital to our spiritual health as rest and renewal? That’s where my thoughts are headed these days, and I just might need to write about it.
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