The Privilege of Projects
I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Philippians 4:12
Ann brought me the new-member forms and asked if I could put the information into the church database. I shot her my hands are full—I can’t believe you are asking me to do one more thing look and said, “If you don’t need it this week, I can do it after I get the newsletter out.” Grabbing the folder, I expelled a sigh that sounded like o-v-e-r-w-h-e-l-m-e-d and that could have been heard in the pastor’s office next door.
Ann couldn’t have seen my in-box that led to my frustration, because it was buried under a stack of projects I’d been trying to get to for a week. After she left my office, I looked at the folders and saw work, instead of my usual attitude of my tasks being an opportunity to solve a situation or to learn something new while serving God.
A few minutes later I heard a report on National Public Radio: “The unemployment rate increased one percent this past week.” Immediately, I felt an avalanche-style attitude adjustment turn the stack of files and the to-do list into opportunities, and job security, for at least a while.
The words job security are not on the lips of the unemployed. Their in-box overflows with circled newspaper ads, application forms, rejection letters, and stubs from unemployment checks that will eventually stop cluttering their in-box.
Dear Lord, remind me that if I don’t want my job, there are hundreds of people who’d submit a resume to replace me. Amen