As much as I love winter, I am really happy to start getting ready for spring! Let’s be praying about the floods and seeing where we can help our neighbors, if the water becomes too much. If you have been or will be traveling for Spring Break, we will miss you and we hope you have a great time! Remember as well, wherever you are is your mission field. Seek to do everything thing you can to help everyone meet, know, and follow Jesus.
Can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
by Pastor Tim Prince
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
“The Atlantic” published a fantastic article on work and identity called “Workism is Making Americans Miserable” by Derek Thompson. He writes:
The decline of traditional faith in America has coincided with an explosion of new atheisms. Some people worship beauty, some worship political identities, and others worship their children. But everybody worships something. And workism is among the most potent of the new religions competing for congregants.
What is workism? It is the belief that work is not only necessary to economic production, but also the centerpiece of one’s identity and life’s purpose…
The problem with this gospel—Your dream job is out there, so never stop hustling—is that it’s a blueprint for spiritual and physical exhaustion. Long hours don’t make anybody more productive or creative; they make people stressed, tired and bitter.
“We’ve created this idea that the meaning of life should be found in work,” says Oren Cass, the author of the book “The Once and Future Worker.” “We tell young people that their work should be their passion. ‘Don’t give up until you find a job that you love!’ we say. ‘You should be changing the world!’ we tell them. That is the message in commencement addresses, in pop culture, and frankly, in media, including ‘The Atlantic.’”
But our desks were never meant to be our altars. [All of this] is a recipe for severe disappointment, if not outright misery, and it might explain why rates of depression and anxiety in the U.S. are “substantially higher” than they were in the 1980s, according to a 2014 study.
Here are a few things to remember, if you want to be free from the burden of making your work your identity:
1. Remember that work is a gift from God. It was given for our joy and for the sake of others around us. Your work is one of the most important ways that you love your neighbors every day. As soon as we ask it to tell us who we are, however, we wind up making it something it was never meant to be.
2. The Bible wants us to remember that nothing we’re doing or building right now is going to last forever (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11). This is an incredibly liberating thought. Even if I do everything right, the things that I’m investing in today are one day going to wear out, fail and fall apart. Knowing this frees us from the tyranny of trying to build a legacy or a name for ourselves through our work. No work will last forever, so you might as well just enjoy it for what it is: a gift to be enjoyed today.
3. But we work with hope, too. The fact that nothing we build or make isn’t going to last forever isn’t the whole story. Somehow, Jesus is making all things new (Rev. 21:5). His resurrection is a preview of what God is going to do someday for all of creation, including our work. Ultimately, everything we do will actually belong to him (Matthew 11:27) and he will make it what it was always meant to be.
For more on how to make your work a meaningful part of your life, without asking it to be who you are, check out “Every Good Endeavor” by Tim Keller. Just the Introduction would be well worth the price of the book.
This Sunday, I will be talking about creating a calm heart. We all experience stress, and sometimes (maybe often), we can handle stress harmfully, in ways where we have sleepless nights, tension headaches, stomach problems. God has given us resources to help us calm our hearts when we are under stress. King David wrote a short Psalm, showing us how to calm our hearts in stress. This Sunday, I will teach from Psalm 131 about how to have a calm heart. Personally, this psalm has taught me so much about stress and a calm heart. I am learning a ton from it. This is one of those sermons that I would highly recommend you make sure and hear. This is a great service to invite to. We all experience stress but not all handle stress well. We can overcome stress before it overcomes us. The Bible will show us how.
You can listen to the sermons from this series online at fcchudson.com or on the FaithBase app.
SERMON SERIES RESOURCES
There are two resources I recommend for learning about building your identity in Christ. One is “Who Am I?” By Jerry Bridges and the other is “Found in Him” by Elyse Fitzpatrick. They are both available on Sundays in the resource area by the café in the lobby. I highly recommend picking one of them up and working through it.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE MEMORY VERSE
Phil. 4:6-7 (Anxiety)
6 [[D]o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING | TEENS AND TECH
Sunday, March 24 | 10:15 to 11:00am in The Refuge Room
Parents, do you feel stuck, confused, frustrated, or simply at a loss for how to handle the rapidly transforming technological world your child is living in? Dan Buckle (middle school counselor), Jake Pierson (MS Student Director), and Ben McMullen (HS Student Director) will be leading a training,“Teens and Tech,” to help parents better navigate the technological world we are drifting in. This training is geared towards parents of 6th- 12thgraders, but is open to parents of younger children. Teens and adults welcome – anyone who is facing the complicated issues related to the broadening world of technology.
Please sign up each attendee in advance—this is not required, but helpful as we prepare for the seminar. This also allows us to send follow-up material and resources after the seminar. REGISTER at fcchudson.com or on the app.
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