Making Good Shoes
Two big things happened with our seniors this week:
1. They ordered their caps and gowns.
2. Their Career Savings Account assignment was due.
What’s the Career Savings Account assignment? Great question! For the assignment, students are tasked with contacting someone in a career they are interested in, asking for a book recommendation, and then following up after reading the book. The simple assignment serves three purposes:
- students think seriously about career choice
- students begin relationships with professionals outside their current circles
- students are exposed to reading recommendations from textbooks to personal development books to case files and everything in between
What I love most about the assignment is that it opens the door to talking about purpose, success, and calling. As Christians, we make decisions and career choices following the purposes God has for each of us— and that’s the message I hope each of our students takes with them after their time on Mustang Mountain. I hope they see that message through us each day by the way we go about our professions, the way we interact with others, and the way we handle conflict.
There’s a story about Martin Luther who was once asked by a new Christian, “What should I do now?” The man was probably expecting to hear he should leave his old life and become a clergyman. Instead, Luther asked him, “What is your work now?” to which the man replied, “I make shoes.” Luther’s reply was beautiful: “Then make a good shoe and sell it at a fair price.”
Even though we’re starting a new semester, we have a limited number of days with our students (seniors are already ordering their caps and gowns!). It’s important we live out our calling by maximizing our opportunities to plant seeds, nurture relationships, and, as Martin Luther would have put it, “make a good shoe and sell it at a fair price.” What we do each day is not as important as why we do it— and that should make all the difference in what we do each day.