It’s a question we ask ourselves from the earliest grades of primary school. "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Later in life this question seems to take on a more existential edge, as we hope to find purpose and fulfilment in the right type of work. So how do we find our true calling?
Choosing good work
What is it that you spend your waking hours doing? How do you normally describe your daily labour? Do you call it a job? Perhaps it’s a career. Or maybe even a calling. How you answer that question has a profound impact upon how you view both yourself and your work.
How do I handle job requests that challenge my ethics as a Christian? Is some compromise necessary? Or do I always say no? Andrew Laird considers these questions in light of Romans 12:1-2 and the instruction for Christians to be people who "do not conform to the pattern of this world".
How do we choose good work? Should I be in the business of developing high speed internet, knowing that the internet can be used for great good...but also for great harm. Should I be in the business of engineering motorways, knowing that motorways can be of great benefit to many people...but also cause untold damage to the environment. How do we choose good work?