The below was adapted from a paper submitted by GotR founder Carol Reeve as part of an MBA program through Johnson University Online.
There is a growing movement, inspired in part by the passion of the Millennial generation, to find meaning and purpose in our chosen professions. In fact, while we often use the word vocation in reference to our area of employment, the Latin equivalent, vocatio, actually translates more accurately as “calling.”
In his book LifeWORK, Darrow Miller laments that frequently people of faith live disparate lives: the spiritual part of life and the rest of life. In 1949 British essayist Dorothy Sayers asked, “How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life?”
In his popular book, A Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren says that we were created to add to life on earth using the gifts, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences that God has given us. As the adage goes, there is no waste in His economy.
I have long believed that God has put in the hands, hearts, and minds of his people all that is needed to restore the Earth and its inhabitants. But just as food and material wealth are hoarded in the world today, so too are strengths, abilities, and experiences that could be used for the common good. As for me and my business, we will do our part to give of what has been given to us.
John Politan said, “The greatest single statement most people will ever make in their life for the cause of Christ – for good or bad – is how they do their work.” That is in part why Girl on the Roof upholds excellence in all things as a core value. We aren’t just working to make a living. We are working to support the common good and to honor the One who created us as creative, strategic beings capable of excellence. Are we perfect? No. But we give our best to every activity we do because we believe that what we do matters.
Miller, D. (2009). LifeWORK. Seattle, WA: YWAM Publishing.
Politan, J. (2009, February 9). Sermon given at Food for the Hungry Chapel, Phoenix, AZ.
Sayers, D. (1949). Creed or chaos? Manchester, NH: Sophia Press.