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Guilt and the Working Mom

Guilt and the Working Mom

I cuddled my five-month-old firstborn, wishing she were awake, wishing the evening were longer. She slept as only a baby can, her soft breath caressing my neck. I wished I could coo to her, watch her smile, laugh, drool — anything. It was 7 p.m. She had done those things earlier with Nana—while I was at work. As I held her and cried, I asked myself, Would she know which one of...

Guilt and the Working Mom

I cuddled my five-month-old firstborn, wishing she were awake, wishing the evening were longer. She slept as only a baby can, her soft breath caressing my neck. I wished I could coo to her, watch her smile, laugh, drool — anything. It was 7 p.m. She had done those things earlier with Nana—while I was at work. As I held her and cried, I asked myself, Would she know which one of...

Work Is Not Cursed

Work Is Not Cursed

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:15) Let's clear up a common misunderstanding and hopefully change some thinking. Have you ever heard of work being referred to as "cursed"? Have you ever viewed your work as less than holy or not equal to other religious activities? This is simply not true--and it causes most Christians to...

What’s That Bible Doing On Your Desk?

What’s That Bible Doing On Your Desk?

As a young executive, I remember my dad telling me: "I don't trust anyone who has a bible on their desk at the office." I was immediately ready for an argument. How could he be so cynical? Weren't these people being a "good witness?" I asked him why he felt so negative about this practice. "David," he said, "my experience has taught me that if someone has to wear their religion on their sleeve,...

Work is a Place Where You Live Out Your Faith

Work is a Place Where You Live Out Your Faith

As I look across the landscape of believ­ers today, I see a lot of Christians wrestling with what a true disciple of Christ should look like in the workplace. Somewhere along the way, we've lost our vision for how Christ would con­duct ministry at work. Over the last century, the business culture has been constantly reinventing itself with new technologies and innovations. But Christianity, it...

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