For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. . . .Â I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. . . .Â Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. AndÂ walk in love,Â as Christ loved us andÂ gave himself up for us, aÂ fragrantÂ offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 2:10, 4:1-3, 5:1-2
As we enter a new week seeking to fulfill our call as Christ followers in the milieu of higher ed, may our thoughts, words and lives bless the Lord. May our souls worship His holy name. May we (individually and corporately) “sing” like never before with our head, heart, and and hands. May this include a powerful demonstration of the fruit of the Spirit in our interaction with all our family, friends, colleagues, and strangers. Let us call upon the Lord for his peace, power, and presence as we courageously pursue his purposes toward his ends through his means. To God be the glory!
Note: This brief post was inspired by Warren Hoffman‘s morning sermon (10/14/2018) and Matt Redman‘sÂ 10,000 ReasonsÂ — which I recently have had difficulty shaking from my times of reflection on calling / vocation. Timely gifts from God.Â Stay tuned for thoughts on our daily walk and work expressing the Lord’s call in our vocation.
About the author:
Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the Northeast Regional Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). For a number of years, the Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine was the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!