Some of us work with professional staff and some of us don’t! Today is the day set aside to recognize the contributions of Administrative Assistants. These folks are critical to the functions of the District Office and millions of offices around the world. They are partners and supports for everything that happens in our offices! Even if we do not have a formal office with people designated as professional Administrative Assistants, we work as a team! Elected lay leaders and a host of volunteers make up the working nucleus of an effective and healthy congregation.
We know the church is the “Body of Christ” and yet struggle with the “Lone Ranger” –“Messiah Complex”. “If I can’t do it or it is beyond my level of expertise it doesn’t need to be done and won’t be done!” However, we are all called to work as a team! Not your team or my team, but “God’s Team”
The Apostle Paul writes, “ I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:3-6
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. “ 1 Cor. 12:14-20
On those occasions when we feel useless – even in the church or when we feel someone else is useless – remember the bond of faith and love we share in Christ Jesus! We are a part of the Body of Christ! That doesn’t mean we do not evaluate and hold one another accountable, but it does mean we see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ! Today especially those Admin. Assistants! (Thank you Jan for all you do!)