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9 Your Job Is Bigger Than You Think

“There are no great acts, only small acts performed with great love.”—Mother Teresa

It was the first week of my first year in graduate school. I had arrived in Chicago to study for the Presbyterian ministry and it was the middle of the year. Aware that I must work to fund my studies, I searched for a nice “save-the-world” part-time job, only to discover that all these had already been taken. No work in hospitals, social service agencies, anti-nuke organizations—nothing.

My new neighbors were a nice young couple from Wisconsin. Joe Hughes was studying for the Lutheran ministry and working part-time as a postal clerk in a small substation within a drug store on the south side of Chicago. In the middle of ...

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