By Matt Martens
Over the past month of our time as Capital Fellows, we have had the pleasure of hearing from an array of guest speakers. These speakers — medical professionals, teachers, military personnel, lawyers, mothers, non-profit leaders and more — have made time in their busy schedules to speak to us about their lives. Each Monday and Friday in the month of January, we have had the privilege of hearing about the background, salvation, career, and family life of thirteen different leaders from Mclean Presbyterian Church and beyond.
What I noticed as each of these speakers came is that while they have (drastically) different stories, the wisdom from each was similar. While the careers of, say, a physician’s assistant and a United States Ambassador may seem to have no overlap, this is because we commonly think of careers as defining who we are rather than merely what we do. When reconsidered, we realize that each of these speakers is not a professional who happens to follow Jesus, but a Christ-follower who happens to do some cool work. As Christians, all work done well and unto Christ is Kingdom work. As the saying goes, “all roads lead to Rome,” although Rome pales in comparison to the eternity before God that it represents in this case. As one speaker said to us, “I do not need to leave a legacy. As a child of God, I am part of His living legacy.”
It has been a good reminder to us fellows who are at the start of our professional journeys that while we ought to work hard and follow the path set before us (Psalm 119:105) we must first live our lives unto Christ. As we strive to become not only more professionally competent but equally theologically mature (an encouragement from one of our guest speakers, Dr. Steve Garber), we first consider how it is that the Lord is preparing us to be used in his work. With this in mind, I close with the advice relayed from Proverbs 3:5-6 by yet another of our speakers, Admiral Scott Redd:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Pictures from the Week
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Yale is nice but it’s no McLean!
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