Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Life as a Church Administrator, Pt 1: Secretary?!

Secretary 50s Style. via
You may have noticed that on my profile it says I’m a “church administrator.” I wonder what comes to mind when you hear that term? In general, I think of a sweet old lady, answering phones, with her handy-dandy rolodex ready at a moments notice. Or if you don’t have that as a frame of reference, perhaps you just think of a secretary, sitting at a desk all day, being courteous and taking care of papers, but not a job for someone who wants to be solving problems, engaged and actively making a difference in the world.

I remember when I was graduating high school, a well-meaning friend was trying to help me figure out what degree I should pursue, because nothing sounded like an amazing fit for me. This friend asked me, “Well, what do you really want to do?”

Being the flustered teenager I was, I replied with something like, “Well...I really want to like, make big events happen, and bring people together--” And said friend interjected, shocked and with a tone that made my sweet, young, impressionable heart sink: “You want to be a secretary?! You’re way too smart for that!” I remember trying to spit out: “No! I don’t want to like answer phones and stuff...” as visions of a grey, dreary desk and telephone cord chains quickly invaded my mind. As their doctorate degree dreams for me disintegrated, they gave up on the conversation I realized I didn’t really have a name for what I wanted to do.

Thankfully, God has a perfect plan--better than my friend’s ambitions for me and my fumbled attempts at expressing my hearts desires. However, at the time, I really didn’t know what it would look like. So like a many a high school senior, I figured I’d just go for a business degree because, “Every job is a business!”

You may be in a similar situation. I’ve got a pro tip for you though: God is pretty cool. He actually lines everything out for us ahead of time, and so very often a situation that seems so confusing from the front actually makes perfect sense once you get out of it--once you get to standing in the right spot. Sometimes that perspective take years to find, and sometimes that right spot could be when we stand at Jesus’ side in heaven. But trust me--it exists.

Take the open door in front of you, the one that the mentor in your life says is wise, and that Jesus isn’t shutting in your face. You never know what skills you may learn, people you might meet, or what place you may end up in at exactly the right time.


~Kathie said...

Well written and interesting...suspense to see how you will describe being an administrator!

Jerry said...

That is great encouragement. I do so love the gift you have of bringing people together.Cheers!

Hannah said...

... Somehow, this was exactly what I needed to hear, exactly when I needed it. Thanks. :)

Sassy Girl Cooks said...

Hi Tori! I've always believed everything happens for a reason and you have to take the good with the bad. Life isn't always sunshine and rainbows. It's the hard things and questionable times that make us who we are.

Loved this post! ~Meghan from The Tasty Fork

Sara Turner said...

Great post! and I agree, you don't have to know for sure what you want to be or do, just be willing to take the opportunities when the present themselves! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

Danielle D'Ambrosio said...

Hi Tori!

I'm not particularly religious but one of my best friends is, she seems a lot like you actually! I agree though, that you have to sometimes give yourself over to the universe and let life happen :)

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