Happy Admin. Day and Humpday!

I hope your pastor/supervisor treated you as “Queen or King” for the Day today in honor of Administrative Professional Day. If not, please done spending time…

Dwelling On Your Day (from “The Donut Theory”)

Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative
best you can with your own life.
Galatians 6:5

 

I don’t dwell on how many times I’ve done the same projects week after week on the job. However, I’ve thought how wonderful it would be if the brain could be programmed and networked directly to the computer’s processing unit to create routine documents.

Norman Vincent Peale, the author of The Power of Positive Thinking, suggested three ways to break out of a dull routine that may cause stress:

1. Change your pace. I could try doing the bulletin backwards—start with the inserts or announcements. Maybe I should list the names of members contributing flowers for Easter and Christmas randomly instead of alphabetizing them first. Everyone would have to read through the whole list to find their names. The X, Y, Z people might like seeing their names closer to the top of the list for a change.

2. Seek the zest in life. What kind of surprises have I placed in staff mailboxes lately? A funny story? A picture of someone’s new baby? Free tickets to the Cubs game? And for me, I could grab a few cut flowers from the altar bouquet left behind on Sunday and arrange them for my desk.

3. Forget yourself. How can I do that? Maybe I should put the bouquet of flowers on someone else’s desk, or stop by the workroom and help the volunteers stuff a few bulletins.

Deb, a co-worker with imagination, started the Dough-Dough Fund. When we needed to break out of our mold or to celebrate a good day, someone would grab a few dollars from the fund and go for donuts.

I’m grateful God called me to work in the church, even with the tasks I perform over and over and over.

 

Lord, I’m grateful for the ability to use my
skills to serve in the church office. Amen



About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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