I decided to live tweet meaningful ideas and quotes as I listened, both as a way of taking notes and sharing some of the wisdom with others. Here’s what stuck out to me as I twittered away:
"Change the world" is unhelpful. We need to realize our cultural influence has a limited scope. Instead: "be image bearers"
"Work in the world with its existing goodness...keep the good and add to the good"
"Alone, loving my work really becomes about self love. Work needs to be ordered to loving God and others."
"The bible is about rhetoric and design...this is what image bearers do"
"Be present to the water and the dish." Rikk Watts’ perspective on menial day-to-day tasks such as doing the dishes. Presence can go a long way to sustaining our well-being in whatever we find ourselves working at.
"I'm amazed at how many people are just lonely"
"It's easier to be excellent at something you love"
"If we place all of our identity in our work, we put so much pressure on this trajectory of success."
During the forum there was opportunity for the audience to ask questions via Twitter. It came up from a few folks, but here’s how I framed it: “How does the luxury of this conversation in this time and place frame our view of meaning and work within history?”
How to do what you love for work is not a global question but a question of luxury, a question reserved for those in places of cultural privilege and wealth. To this luxury, there was general agreement that when it comes to work, it’s not so much what we do, but how we do it. Andy Crouch pushed back against the title of the forum itself, as “doing what we love” implies a relationship with our work in terms we should reserve for actual relationships. In this sense we can love within our work, but to actually love our work goes beyond the purpose of work itself.
Unfortunately time restricted greater interaction on this question. Overall, I found the forum to be a helpful discussion on how Christians can and should seek purpose when it comes to work.