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:
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!