One of the books I am reading is, Teach us to Want: Longing, Ambition & the Life of Faith, by fellow Redbud, Jen Pollock Michel. This book interested me because I have grown quite uncomfortable with my wants. At almost every turn, I find how selfish and self-serving my wants are. In most Christian environments and conversations, we are reminded that wants are bad. Are they really? All of them?
My coping mechanism has been to deny, deny, deny my wants. But God is doing a new thing in me and reminding me that he holds all things, even my wants in the palms of his hands.
My daughter was baptized in the spring and she is now taking a “New Life” class at our church. During the first lesson the children were reminded (and what a lesson for me) that we can trust God:
- Teach us the right way to live.
- To provide what we need.
- Give us the things that we want.
How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to our Jobs
Why I picked up this book:
Zondervan sent me a postcard about this work, and promised a free six-session study guide and video curriculum at purchase. I lead a small group of millennials, and I am always on the lookout for material that might be of interest to them. The majority of the women in the group are single, but they also share another connection in that many of them were disgruntle with their jobs.
Who Should Read The Gospel at Work:
Christians who work in any capacity, and seek to honor God through their work.
I’m so excited to share a recent interview I did with Christianity Today’s BuildingChurchLeaders website!
How did you end up starting a mentoring ministry?
I was mentored by a woman in college. I went to the Naval Academy, where mentoring is a built-in component of leadership. There was an expectation for the sophomores to mentor freshmen, the juniors to mentor the sophomores and freshmen, and so on. As I was being mentored, I was also connecting with other young Christian women who were either new to the faith or didn’t have a faith community. When I did a Bible study with a woman who was discipling me, she would often give me her notes and we would review them in the time that we spent together, and then I would take those notes and do the same study with the girls who lived in my dormitory. That’s what started it all.
Then, a few years ago, I was leading the women’s small groups in my church. I saw that women were thirsty. They wanted more from God and more from the church. They didn’t mind being challenged. That was the foundation of the mentoring ministry.
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Other Mentoring Resources:
Mentoring New Leaders Practical Ministry Skills Bundle. Available for Purchase. Includes my articles “Who Wants Mentoring?” and “Mentoring and Multiplying.”
The Heart of a Mentor by Chris Armstrong. Free download.