Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller

Finished June 20th, 2021

A great work by Tim Keller (though rumor has it that Katherine Leary Alsdorf did most of the writing) on faith and work. Fairly comprehensive take on theological and philosophical questions related to vocation. Folks have been telling me to read this for a while, and I’m glad I did. It’s packed with nuggets of wisdom and thought-provoking quotes. I particularly enjoyed the final chapter’s insights on Sabbath rest. Keller/Alsdorf writes:

“Anyone who cannot obey God’s command to observe the Sabbath is a slave, even a self-imposed one…

We are also to think of Sabbath as an act of trust. God appointed the Sabbath to remind us that he is working and resting. To practice Sabbath is a disciplined and faithful way to remember that you are not the one who keeps the world running, who provides for your family, not even the one who keeps your work projects moving forward. Entrepreneurs find it especially difficult to believe this. They have high levels of competence and very few team members. If they don’t put in the hours, things don’t get done. How easy to fall prey to the temptation to believe that they alone are holding up their corner of creation!”

Every Good Endeavor, page 244-245

In the same vein, Keller & Alsdorf write about how Christians can be freed from working too much or too little by simply pursuing faithfulness to our calling.

“Christians, you see, have been set free to enjoy working. If we begin to work as if we were serving the Lord, we will be freed from both overwork and underwork. Neither the prospect of money and acclaim, nor the lack of it, will be our controlling consideration.”

Every Good Endeavor, page 220

Overall, Every Good Endeavor was well worth the read. Here’s the link to purchase the book if you are interested.

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