Why the Name Change?

The ancient Hebrews used a word—avodah—that can be translated in three different ways: work, worship, and serve. Modern society tends to separate these, but the Israelite people had a very different view. They saw avodah as a life of work, worship, and service for the glory of God.

In 2012, I started Aspire Editing Services to help authors pursue publication. Since then, I've worked with hundreds of clients, and while many write for a secular audience, most are Christians reaching out to a hurting world through fiction and nonfiction. As a result, my work often leads to worship as I edit manuscripts that speak the words that so many need to hear; what a gift it is to assist authors who speak life into others and help people draw closer to God and see their true identity in Christ. I've since added the service aspect to my business by offering, as time allows, reduced-fee or no-cost work to ministries and nonprofits that have an important message to share; this allows them to secure professional editing without directing significant needed funds toward it.

For the past year, the Lord has been impressing avodah on my heart. It is the foundation of my business and all I do. To reflect this, Aspire Editing Services has become Avodah Editorial Services. Work, worship, and service—vocation seamlessly connected with worship of God Almighty and service to others.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that
from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:23–24 ESV


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