There is always someone waiting for you to do something. Whether a family member is holding out for you to finish that chore they despise doing themselves, or your accountant is waiting for you to submit those last tax papers, there is someone out there waiting for you to make a move and get it done.
It’s easy for me to feel like I’m leaving people waiting with what I do at work. I’m fortunate to be woven into each department, providing support for the office in various ways. If I am updating a registration page for our faith formation team, I’m not working on updating the calendar for the building. If I am inputting data for our financial team, I am not accounting for the inventory of supplies we need. I truly enjoy wearing many hats, so much so that my ministry with youth is my second job away from the buzz of my full-time job at the office. At times, I struggle with which hat to put on when. Occasionally, I let people down who are waiting for me to finish something.
I take a lot of pride in being a helper, and an organizer. When those moments come where I have let a colleague wait too long, that usually sequined pride becomes flat. Each of us have a different set of responsibilities every day, and different folks to hold us accountable, but I know that as people of faith we all share the same desire to do our jobs well. I often pray that God will use me for what needs to be done, and in those flat moments, I am not always sure if my prayer is heard.
If you’ve visited my office, you know that there’s plenty of color here. Even my outfits are as loud as the art I have hung up, the candy dispenser, the various office supplies, and the action figures. (If you have yet to come visit me here at the Conference office, please do! The action figures have changeable heads and the candy isn’t going to eat itself!) My favorite thing here is on my wall, and was a gift from my mother in law a couple of years ago. I am not sure where she found them, but they’re at home in this space. When those flat moments come, I look up and am affirmed by scripture. The one that is the most impactful for me is from Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Wearing many hats, as lots of us do, will sometimes result in disappointing people. I believe that our comfort should come from a colorful place, and I also believe that as long as we’re not doing absolutely nothing, that God is not disappointed in us even when people are. For God knows the plans, and is able to give us the desires of our hearts. Let us not be discouraged by the amount of hats we wear, and instead find ways to be as impactful as a strong piece of scripture. God always sees us as sequined, so let’s get out there, sparkle, and get things done!
Emily McKenna is the Office Manager for the CT Conference, UCC.
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Emily is the Program Support Associate for the Discipleship and Justice & Witness Teams of the Southern New England Conference. Emily grew up in the Naugatuck Congregational Church UCC and at Silver Lake Conference Center, where she has served as ...