“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times” – Martin Luther
Faith is a living, daring confidence. Wow! What language from Martin Luther. And his life certainly had to thrive off of daring. It’s not often we think of someone having to take a stand, and in this case, he took a stand to create a new branch of Christianity, Lutheranism.
When the Roman Catholic church solicited more funds for building St. Peter’s Basilica, Luther wrote 95 Theses to protest and foment discussion. He felt it was using money to excess, and disagreed that the pope was the only liaison to God. And due to the recent printing press, it spread all over Europe in two months, a communications miracle!
He meant it for discussion, but was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic church, and ostracized by thousands. But he kept going.
Still, Martin Luther’s life had challenges. He felt distanced from God, separated from inspiration and connection to life. He was always searching for the Truth, and it was a struggle. He became a monk, a theologist, leader of a church, and always, a sincere seeker of Truth.
So what is the point for us? Well, it’s not really about being Roman Catholic or Protestant! But it is about claiming rights for yourself and others where you can. And, using technology to spread the word!
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With Gratitude for the Truth,
Martin Luther Biography
Born in Germany in 1483, Martin Luther became one of the most influential figures in Christian history when he began the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. He called into question some of the basic tenets of Roman Catholicism, and his followers soon split from the Roman Catholic Church to begin the Protestant tradition.
Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Saxony, in modern southeast Germany. In 1501, Martin Luther entered the University of Erfurt, where he received a Master of Arts degree (in grammar, logic, rhetoric and metaphysics). However, in July 1505, Luther had a life-changing experience that set him on a new course. Caught in a horrific thunderstorm where he feared for his life, Luther cried out to St. Anne, the patron saint of miners, “Save me, St. Anne, and I’ll become a monk!” The storm subsided and he was saved.
The first few years of monastery life were difficult for Martin Luther, as he did not find the religious enlightenment he was seeking. Upon his return to Germany, he enrolled in the University of Wittenberg in an attempt to suppress his spiritual turmoil. He excelled in his studies and received a doctorate, becoming a professor of theology at the university.Through his studies of scripture, Martin Luther finally gained religious enlightenment.
In 1517, Pope Leo X announced a new round of indulgences to help build St. Peter’s Basilica. On October 31, 1517, an angry Martin Luther nailed a sheet of paper with 95 theses on the university’s chapel door. Though he intended these to be discussion points, the Ninety-Five Theses laid out a devastating critique of the indulgences as corrupting people’s faith. Luther also sent a copy to Archbishop Albert Albrecht of Mainz, calling on him to end the sale of indulgences. Aided by the printing press, copies of the Ninety-Five Theses spread throughout Germany within two weeks and throughout Europe within two months.
Luther publicly declared that the Bible did not give the pope the exclusive right to interpret scripture. In January 1521, Martin Luther was officially excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.Miraculously, he was able to avoid capture and began organizing a new church, Lutheranism. He gained many followers and got support from German princes. In 1525, he married Katharina von Bora, a former nun who had abandoned the convent and taken refuge in Wittenberg. Together, over the next several years, they had six children.
Martin Luther is one of the most influential and controversial figures in the Reformation movement. His actions fractured the Roman Catholic Church into new sects of Christianity and set in motion reform within the Church. A prominent theologian, his desire for people to feel closer to God led him to translate the Bible into the language of the people, radically changing the relationship between church leaders and their followers.
At UniversalGiving we love our interns and recognize the tremendous amount of value they bring to us. We want all of our interns to experience growth not only as employees but also as human beings during their time with us.
Some of us have been working in the workforce for 20, 30, 40 years plus. We’ve done a lot of things over our career, step by step, building ourselves and organizations to new levels.
In your mind, you’ve worked very hard to advance yourself and your company. You’ve also rolled up your sleeves thousands of times to help make sure the team can succeed, whether that’s raising a new round of funds, or xeroxing. Meeting with a millionaire investor, or cleaning the dishes after a team event. You feel you have paid your dues.
Yet being a part of a company and culture isn’t genuinely driven by that mindset. Your devotion to work should be because you want to, and would like to help. That sincerity will advance you light years. Not only will your managers recognize your genuine attitude, but you will feel a sense of integrity within, which is driving you for the right reasons to serve.
But you might be tempted.
“I worked so hard! I need help. It’s time for the young 18 year old to roll up their sleeves so I can do the important work.”
Part of that is true. Your interns should want to serve and help in any way they can. But it can never be your attitude in full. People of any age deserve to have meaningful opportunities to grow. Provide them an enriching experience that will help them grow as individuals and professionals.
So here are the top 4 things you shouldn’t ask your intern for:
- Go get coffee. Everyone does this! There is no reason why you can’t get up from your office to go get your coffee and show the team that you are working to provide for yourself—your own caffeine fix! Please keep in mind as well that as the newer generation is more socially conscious, they may not agree with caffeine or even the type of drink you are having, or even feel it is holistic or organic. So, where you can you want to avoid any sense of conflict of values.
- Xerox. We all need help with copying, faxing, and it’s okay to ask them to do it. However, please be mindful that this should be no more than 5-10% of their job. They are coming there to gain experience, not to press buttons.
- Personal errands. Unless you have an agreement—which usually isn’t the case for college interns that they are doing personal errands for you—that should never be the case. They are coming there to get work experience, not to pick up your dry cleaning. Remember, they are an important part of the brand that you are building. They can post online about anything that concerns them, but more important is that you want to make sure you’ve got a great relationship with them.
- Leave them manager-less. If you are not present, make sure someone is. They are looking for guidance, they want to grow, and they want to learn. They don’t have anyone to go-to to ask normal questions about business. They are going to feel stranded, and their work product will suffer, their experience will suffer, and your relationship with them will be not so strong.
We all need help and there’s nothing wrong with that. Make sure that you give your interns positive ways to succeed in the workplace and build their resume.
Our CEO Pamela Hawley uses quotes to motivate herself and to teach others. Here is her analysis of a lovely quote from her blog Living and Giving.
President Lincoln advised us… “Whatever work you are devoted to….may it bring just and lasting peace.”
Our respected President Abraham Lincoln brought this to light in his 1865 Inaugural Address. What a calling for each of us to think, as we go about our work each day, how it can bring “just and lasting peace.” And I think work here is not just our professional work, but any task to which we are devoting ourselves. Any project, endeavor, activity — from raising a child to decorating a Valentine’s Day wreath — can have kindness, justice and peace as a necessary ingredient to our performing of it.
President Lincoln says something instrumental here: As we strive for our goal, it should be peace brought between each one us, and then also with all countries. The point here is that gentle justice, no matter how small, and a caring, kind sense of peacefulness in all our interactions, bring that sense of worldwide peace. And it must start with ourselves, our conversations, our actions between each person we meet. That’s a great calling for us in living rightly every day!
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) served as the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War and in so doing, preserved the Union, ended slavery, strengthened the national government. He promoted rapid modernization of the economy through banks, canals, railroads and tariffs to encourage the building of factories. He is admired for his commitment to national unity, equal rights, liberty, and democracy in America.
The second child of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Lincoln, Abraham was self-educated, and became a country lawyer, a Whig Party leader, Illinois state legislator during the 1830s, and a one-term member of the United States House of Representatives during the 1840s. Married to Mary Todd in 1842, he was an affectionate husband and father of four children.
Bio Source: Wikipedia: Abraham_Lincoln
Devote yourself by volunteering for peace and justice here.
This post is by CEO Pamela Hawley’s from her blog Living and Giving.
“Walk down the street and smile at a stranger. He’ll smile at the next stranger passing by, and then the whole street is smiling. And no one knows why.” — Juliana Margulies
I love this quote. The only reason why we need to smile…is simply to give joy. Give joy to ourselves and to others…it’s one of our main reasons for being. And while people may not know why you are smiling, they’ll soon find out: It makes the world go around with peacefulness, graciousness, and lovingkindness. That’s reason enough. 🙂
Juliana Margulies is an American actress who achieved success as a regular character on ER, for which she received an Emmy. More recently, she took the lead role in The Good Wife, and has received a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards.