by Michaela O’Donnell Long, originally posted on Fuller Studio.

Sarah sat hidden under her office desk. This was the third night in a month she’d had to sleep at work to meet a project deadline. Her job as an architect was not unfolding as she had imagined. Fresh out of school, she wanted to design spaces and make cities beautiful. Instead, she found herself working insane hours on projects that did little to satisfy her. As she sat curled up that night, she realized she was suffocating and wanted out—so she crawled out from under her desk and ran into her boss’s office. Speaking through tears, Sarah sensed that she was leaving not only her job at that firm but her career as an architect. Yet she had been so sure that God had called her to this vocation. When Sarah left that job, she realized that if she wanted reasonable hours and satisfying projects, she would have to chart her own way forward.

WORK IS CHANGING

Christians have callings. For many of us, our callings include working. However, it is no secret that the world—including the workplace—is changing at a rapid and disruptive pace. As Thomas Freidman puts it, “the three largest forces on the planet—technology, globalization, and climate change—are all accelerating at once. As a result, so many aspects of our societies, workplaces, and geopolitics are being reshaped and need to be reimagined.” This reality has enormous implications on our systems of work and thus how we understand vocation.

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