You are What You Do at…Church?

If you’re new to Life Compass, on Sundays I write on Spirituality, Faith and Ethics. Here’s why.

If I were to ask you what you “do”, what would you say?

Most likely, you would respond by telling me what you do in your day job. Because most of us identify who we are with what we do for a paycheck, whether we’re a plumber, teacher, truck driver, etc.

Several years ago, I read how some churches were turning this idea on it’s head…and encouraging their members to identify more with what they “do” at church instead of what they “do” at work.

It’s an interesting idea, and I’m not sure I totally follow it.  Because I may volunteer an hour or two a month in the church nursery, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that this is my calling.  And yet I’ve met many dedicated people who feel it is their calling to invest their time and energy in a particular area of church ministry.  For these people, they identify much more with what they do at church than what they do from 9-5.

I think this illustrates the point that our calling or purpose in life may or may not be reflective of what we do for a paycheck.  For some, it may be closer to what we do in service to others.

So, what about you?  Does your life purpose match what you do from 9-5?  Or is it something else?  Please share your comments!

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