You Make What You Want
What to Look For
- What does it mean to you to know that you are made in the image of God?
- How does worship carry over into your work?
Questions for Discussion
- Our mission, or calling, can be summarized in three words: image, unfold, occupy (pp. 172–74). Which sounds most familiar to you, and which is most surprising to consider as a calling?
- Why does Patrick Lynch say that bricks smelled like “love and hope” to him and his brother (see box on p. 175)? What does this suggest about different types of work?
- How is living out the biblical story like writing a sequel to Star Wars (pp. 176–77)? How did the story George Lucas carried around in his unconscious shape his creative work? How might the biblical story shape your work in underlying ways?
- Smith calls evangelicalism “a hotbed of almost unfettered religious innovation” and says that innovation can be at odds with faithfully being the church (p. 178). What is the tension between the two? How and when is this tension manifested?
- Smith imagines alien anthropologists observing us hunched over our smartphones at the breakfast table (p. 185). What would someone unfamiliar with smartphones assume about these devices based on watching us use them?
- Smith says, “God doesn’t simply propel us; he also attracts us” (p. 186). Can you think of a story from Scripture or from your life that illustrates this?
What does it mean to ask God to “hallow then our purpose” (see box on p. 187)? What does this mean for you in your home life, your work life, and your church life? What does it mean for your calling from God?