What Do You Do for a Living?
“What do you do for a living?” Whether you have a great answer to that question (“I have an important job!”) or a not-so-great answer (“I’m unemployed!”), the problem of defining ourselves by what we do instead of who we know, means that our self-worth is tied to our performance, instead of who we are as a son or daughter of God.
Justin S. Holcomb, a man with many jobs, unpacks how our ideas about work affect how we think about ourselves and others. Instead of work being a ladder to self-worth that we are either climbing up or falling off of, Justin describes a third way—where work, even work in a broken world, is a part of what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, and a tool to help us grow in our love for God and others.
About the Author
Justin S. Holcomb, PhD. (Emory University), is an Episcopal priest serving as the Canon for Vocations in the Diocese of Central Florida and teaches theology, philosophy, and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously taught at the University of Virginia and Emory University.
Justin wrote Know the Heretics, Know the Creeds and Councils, On the Grace of God, and Acts: A 12-Week Study. He and his wife, Lindsey, are coauthors of God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies, Is It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence, and Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault. He is also the editor of Christian Theologies of Scripture: A Comparative Introduction.
Justin serves on the boards of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments). He also serves on the council board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.