I published this at The Way of Improvement Leads Home on September 10, 2011. I think it is still relevant.–JF
Midway through the essay I made an attempt to connect my “pile-man” experience to my work as a young historian:
In the end, my theological and Biblical beliefs about work and my “pile-man” experiences as part of a larger upbringing in a working-class family have deeply informed how I appropriate and carry out the scholarly work God has called me to do. Ultimately, God calls each of us to a different task and we, as God’s creation, must heed the call with all of our hearts and minds. Christ continues the work of creation and redemption through us. It is thus our responsibility to tend to this call of discipleship–whatever it may be–and pursue it toward the building of the Kingdom of God.
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
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