What’s Your Task for Today?
Whatever your task, put yourselves into it. Colossians 3:23
The Church Parochial Report lay open on my desk with several empty columns staring back at me. Each year I’d have to remind the staff members who still owed me numbers or figures that the report needed to be in the mail by April 1. When I finally stuffed the report into an envelope and dropped it in the mail, I’d rejoice. Thank God! I don’t have to do this for another year!
There were times when I came back to work after a nice lunch, ready to continue working on the bulletin, and found a little yellow sticky note attached to a non-expected project saying, “I need this tomorrow. Thanks.” My lunch stopped digesting and I had all I could do to refrain from running out of the building screaming like a mad woman.
Somehow the projects always got done. I learned through years of working under different administrations to build time into my schedule for emergency projects (like funeral service preparation) by using this formula: O + P = LS (Organization Plus Prioritizing Equals Less Stress). I also figured out that I’d never get an academy award for playing the role of Super Woman, and looked for a supporting actor to help me get through the scene.
In one of the offices in which I worked, we relied heavily on a volunteer who learned quickly and became skilled in so many ways we eventually hired her to fill a part-time position. It was a match made in heaven and a boost to the support staff knowing she was available to be called on to save the day.
Eventually I figured out when my job became ministry impossible, it was time to speak to my supervisor, instead of whining to my co-workers. After all, they know competent and reliable administrative support is hard to replace!
Lord, help me remember I can only do so much in one day. Amen
[Taken from “The Donut Theory” by Linda Gillis, to be released March 2013]