I don’t know exactly what you do…

Someone made a statement to me today, and later on I realized it’s something I’ve heard fairly often lately. A member of our church–and I consider her a friend as well–was introducing me to her mother-in-law, and she was explaining to her that I work for the church. She turned to me and said, “I don’t know exactly what you do, but I know you work hard.”

I think it’s partly because of the fact that my job encompasses so much and partly because people don’t understand how much goes on behind the scenes of a relatively large, contemporary church, but I hear that statement quite often. My friend didn’t mean it in a negative way at all; nobody does. But it’s an interesting dilemma to try to explain all it is that I do. I have a title–Director of Communications–but it doesn’t seem to scratch the surface. I tend to laugh when someone asks me what my job is, because the answer usually comes in essay form. Sometimes I wish I could explain my duties in a one- or two-word phrase, but then again, I like the variety that comes with having so much on the plate.

The other part of the statement, the “…but I know you work hard…” is meant as a compliment, I know, but I hope that I’m not seen as just a workaholic or as some kind of adrenaline junkie. I hope that I’m seen as a servant. My desire is that people see me not just working hard, but working for a purpose. My prayer is that I may be seen as one who follows these words and takes them to heart:

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

And, of course, I pray that people see me living out the mission of “love God, love people, serve others…” Man, I pray that so hard!