arts & creativity, Scripture, spiritual, work & vocation

"Perish Every Fond Ambition"

This morning, a nice, folksy version of this hymn called "Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken" came on my Pandora, caught my attention, and got stuck in my head. So, I'm writing about it. Verse 1: "Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow thee. Destitute, despised, forsaken, thou from hence my… Continue reading "Perish Every Fond Ambition"

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work & vocation

Revisiting "Love of Work": How to Be Interested in Uninteresting Work

Yesterday I wrote about "how to love unlovely work," ending that post with the suggestion: "Focus on one interesting aspect of the work, and see if that motivates you to get through the rest." But, immediately after pressing the "publish this" button, I realized that begs the follow-up question: What if there's no interesting aspect… Continue reading Revisiting "Love of Work": How to Be Interested in Uninteresting Work

work & vocation

Revisiting "Love of Work": How to Love Unlovely Work

I just re-read my blog "Perfectionism and 'Love of Work'" from March 2013, which ended with the line: "'love of the work' may be one way to have high standards without perfectionism." That line begs the follow-up question: Can I have "love of the work" when I'm doing work I don't love? If so, how?  Yes,… Continue reading Revisiting "Love of Work": How to Love Unlovely Work

arts & creativity, Scripture, spiritual

Head Stands, Summer Jobs, and Psalm 51

This morning on the way to church, a local pop radio station was playing in the car and introduced the Jason Derulo song "The Other Side" with a story on Derulo's background.Apparently, in January 2012, the singer fractured his neck while practicing a dance routine, leaving him with a neck brace and a cancelled concert tour.… Continue reading Head Stands, Summer Jobs, and Psalm 51

mental health & wellness, work & vocation

Perfectionism and "Love of Work"

Last night I heard a hard-hitting talk about perfectionism at William & Mary InterVarsity large group. (Entire talk available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJT0xkpQjEA&feature=player_embedded)It gave me so much to think about that the topic could probably sustain me for at least 2-4 blog posts. So for right now I'm just going to set the stage with what perfectionism is, where… Continue reading Perfectionism and "Love of Work"