We say a lot at Redemption that “all of life is all for Jesus.” This quote has incredible implications for every facet of life, including our work. This past Sunday (5/1/16) we had our most recent “all of life interview” where Anthony Gee interviewed Bianca Anderson about how she connects her work to God’s work.
|What is your vocation?||
|How would you describe your work?||
I am a dietitian at Flagstaff Medical Center. I spend about 1/2 of my time meeting one on one with adults and helping them to improve their health through diet and lifestyle changes. The other half of my time is spent working in an outpatient children’s clinic where most of the kids I work with are chronically ill and need special diets or tube feeds.
|As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?||
God has the power to heal, and my job allows me to play a part in helping people recover their health or maintain their health.
God is also relational. So much of my job involves getting to know my clients and their families – knowing them allows me to understand their health needs better and also helps us to develop a more trusting relationship
|How does your work give you a unique vantage point into the brokenness of the world?||
Illness and poor health are the most obvious things I see.
I also see a lot of broken relationships with food where food becomes an idol. I see this especially with eating disorders, or when food is used as a way to cope with stress or emotions.
Seeing broken families and the ways that impacts my clients health and food choices is the most challenging – it’s hard to see kids who don’t have access to the foods they need or don’t have the support they need to make healthy decisions
|Jesus commands us to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” How does your work function as an opportunity to love and serve others?||
The gospel shows us that God loves us through our brokenness. Knowing this allows me to extend grace and mercy rather than shaming people When I work with them.
I often work with people when they are stressed or worried about their health, so my job allows me to pursue and support my clients, even when they are frustrated or feeling hopeless about their health.