John Ruskin once said, “The highest reward for a person’s work is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
In 2018, I was reminded not only of our external “successes,” but that as we live our daily lives, at work and in our families, we are becoming certain kinds of people. As you read this year’s report and consider your own work in 2019, ask yourself: “Who am I becoming?”
For those we serve at Denver Institute for Faith & Work, last year was filled with evidence that the invisible God is indeed working among us. From events on artificial intelligence to 5280 Fellows creatively serving their co-workers and community, I'm grateful for the ways that God is using DIFW to impact the people of Denver.
I’m grateful to be on mission alongside you as we seek to form both cities and souls – and trust that by God’s grace, one day He will finally make us like Himself.
Jeff Haanen is a writer and entrepreneur. He founded Denver Institute for Faith & Work, a community of conveners, teachers and learners offering experiences and educational resources on the gospel, work, and community renewal. He is the author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement: Finding God’s Purpose for the Next Season of Life and an upcoming two-book series on spiritual formation, vocation, and the working class for Intervarsity Press. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Denver and attends Wellspring Church in Englewood, Colorado.