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The question you should never ask

When we meet new people we're conditioned to ask them: "So, what do you do?" In other words, "How much money do you make? How are you contributing to society?" 

For many people, answering questions about thier work status is painful. From the middle-aged nurse or executive replaced by more energetic recent college grads, to the veteran trying to get a life back while collecting disability, to the construction worker on unemployment grabbing whatever side work will help pay the bills, the question, "What do you do?" isn't an easy one to answer. 

What's the alternative? In a post on Faith & Leadership's Call and Response blog we learn why reducing our introductions to employment statuses reduces our personhood to our ability to produce and contribute economically. There's so much more to learn about people and by asking good questions, we invite God into the conversation.

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