Many people, but especially women, feel fraudulent when they are praised for their accomplishments. Instead of feeling worthy of recognition, they feel undeserving and guilty, as if a mistake has been made. Despite being high achievers, even experts in their fields, women can't seem to shake the sense that it is only a matter of time until they are found out for who they really are—impostors with limited skills or abilities.
Sheryl Sandberg's book, written in 2013, gave Christian women space to dream of a new world: a place where women receive equal pay, where 50 percent of all leadership positions are held by women, and where women are not expected to both work more and parent more. We crave to feel free and we want to feel like we are enough in all that we do.
But the action of leaning in alone does not complete Sandberg's vision. It covers the "how" but ignores the "why" of work that all people need. And Christian women, in particular, need more from her paradigm.
In this course, we take a step back and observe why work itself is a holy act of self-giving. We will look at the complex dynamics of home and work and the history of women in the workplace.
We know we cannot "have it all," and we don't actually want “it all” either, but we want to live as God created us. This course is as much for men as it is for women; we are all made in the image and likeness of God, created as equals in the hands of our loving Lord. Through us and our work, God's redemption of the world manifests in our work to provide hope to broken, dark places.
What You'll Learn
- Challenges every woman faces around work and calling
- God’s call to work
- How to see the purpose of your work
- How to use your power for the sake of others
- How to create expansive language around the multiple roles women carry
Writer, Speaker, and Former Editor of Christianity Today