Rob Bell, giving his response to this question: Reformation theologians took “vocation,” a word previously only applied to the clergy, and applied it to all believers. They promoted the idea that all work was God’s work. What can we do to reclaim this belief in our communities?
Stop using the word ‘missionary’ and stop sending people out to the ‘mission field.’ Or keep the word, but also commission public school teachers, and dentists, and CPA’s, and construction workers, and those people who take your money at the toll booth. We’re all disciples, all ground is holy, every interaction and conversation is loaded with divine potential, anytime, anywhere. Ordain everyone, call everyone a minister, invite the whole church to be on staff.
I love this! It’s is a from an interview Rob gave to Skye Jethani. It was sent out via Skye’s email newsletter and I’m not sure if it’ll get posted online. You can stay updated here though.
To me, getting choosy or choosier isn’t about ‘the dollar’ and more about working smarter, being happier and getting better at what I do. I know I’m fortunate to be able to start being choosier because I have existing clients and I’m not struggling to attract new work, but I urge all my fellow freelancers and self-employed friends to start thinking more about choice and freedom. Afterall, what’s the point in working for ourselves, if we don’t get to pick and choose?!