For many work can be boring and mundane, a somewhat mindless punching of the clock and a never-ending set of daily tasks. For others work is engaging, fulfilling and often, all-consuming. Regardless of the level of engagement or fulfillment, work (for most of us) rarely if ever resembles our worship time or any kind of sacred practice. But the subtitle of the chapter “Checking Email” is, “Blessing and Sending.” The idea is, “We are fed in worship, blessed, and sent out to be ‘hints of hope.’ We are part of God’s big vision and mission—the redemption of all things.”
This is a pretty significant challenge, since we tend to compartmentalize our lives. The work/vocation compartment may bear little resemblance to the church/worship compartment, and that somehow feels . . . wrong. The common denominator of the two compartments is: ME. Or, more accurately, the Kingdom of God in Me. Let me explain what I mean with a personal story.