The Beauty of Joyous Competency

Last week, I had the opportunity to go to a spiritual formation conference. It was an academic conference that included presentations by theologians, philosophers, professors, pastor's and spiritual directors - both men and women, young and old, those with terminal degrees and those still  in process.

Though the material was rich, I was more impressed with those who presented.

  • First, each presenter was amazing competent in their subject. They knew what they were talking about and had given much time and care to crafting their papers.
  • Second, each presented with a lot of humility. In academic settings, knowledge usually puffs academics up, but it was obvious to me that these people were approachable, humble and self-effacing. 
  • Third, each had a quality of joy and passion in and for their work. It was obvious in the way they presented.

So I've been thinking about what it looks like to also pursue what I am called to do with a joyous, humble competency. First, to know what I am talking about (no faking it); then to know I still have lots to learn (authenticity) and finally to exhibit both joy and passion in doing my job (being fully present to my work), all to the glory of God.

In the field of work you are called to work in (be it a 9-5 job or as a stay at home parent), what would it look like to pursue joyous humble competency in it, both to and for the glory of God.

Grace & Peace,

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