I have a simple day job that I do for our church. I spend a lot of time organizing, researching, making copies, emailing, writing checks, and lightening the load of my “bosses” (our pastors). I am truly thankful for the job that I have and have learned a lot of random stuff that I know will be applied to other aspects of my life in the future. I no longer am intimidated about keeping books. I know more than I will need to about building remodels and their woes. I am also extremely grateful to be able to work with forgiving and Christ-centered people.
With that being said, I still have small moments of feeling like I am made for more. I catch myself thinking that I should be doing something a little more important. I mean, I have a degree. Why am I working as a secretary for a church?
God stopped me in my tracks one morning and made me aware of what I had been doing. He reminded me of His time here.
God came to live with our filth. He asked blue collar workers with rough exteriors to follow Him. He spent 20 some years of His life as a carpenter in His dad’s shop. He didn’t have a place to live. He hung out with harlots and greedy tax collectors. He expressed heavenly concepts in simple ways, over and OVER again. He withdrew when the crowds whispered of greatness. He left His heavenly throne. His ultimate mission was to die in our stead and have our reputation marked on His body.
The job that I have right now is amazing and grander than anything He ever had to go through while on earth. Daily, others thank me for what I do and show their appreciation. I get so many photography opportunities because of where I am. I get so many chances to laugh and talk about God with the students that are here. I have built some pretty awesome friendships and have eased so many burdens. I cannot mutter under my breath. I have it better than God Himself. And I don’t deserve it. Clearly.
For the life of me, I can’t seem to find the exact verse that made me stop in my tracks. I did however, find a few others in my search that will undoubtedly support my new position.
Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he is called. – 1 Corinthians 7:24
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. – Colossians 2:23
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. – Romans 12:16
My position in this life is not a measurement of my success. What God has given me to do, I should do to the best of my ability. It brings me joy. Besides that, I get to be a photographer on the side! All these awesome smiles that you see have shown me pieces of Jesus and these are only reminders of how in debt I am to Him.
Feeling a little under appreciated? Wishing you were doing something a little more important? I hope these Bible verses give you encouragement.