Let Me Tell You a Story

Why? Because today is the perfect day to do so. In fact, it’s a holiday in the United States for that very purpose!

National Tell a Story Day

When I was a teen, my mother decided that I needed a job. Not just to make money and learn to be responsible, but more so for the fact that she wanted someone keeping tabs on me and keeping me out of trouble.

What better place for that to happen than the church?? And that began my life in the office, where I worked as the church secretary.

Thankfully I had done well in typing class at school, and had learned how to format letters and envelopes and such. Looking back, I do NOT miss having to type on an actual typewriter, then re-typing the entire letter again after it’s been proofed by the writer. I LOVE my backspace and delete keys now, as well as the copy and paste features!!

From there I worked for the local Department of Family Services in their bookkeeping department. Thank you, again, high school business courses!

After graduation, I was off to college, where I made a few bucks here and there typing other student’s papers. The college had a computer department and printers for me to use, so my typewriter days were over for good from then on.

Mom found me summer jobs every year during college, and two of those were where she worked. One year I was a secretary, and another year I was a receptionist in the company health department.

I graduated college with a degree in Psychology, and was sure those days of office work were behind me! That was 30 years ago (holy cannoli, I can’t believe it’s been that long).

In those 30 years, I worked four years as a Behavioral Technician for a hospital, spent eight as a stay-at-home mom, seven teaching a combined first- and second-grade classroom, and three teaching Preschool.

And now? I’ve been the Administrative Assistant for our church and its daycare ministry for about six years. I find this hilarious, actually.

Do you remember the verse that says, “Do not despise these small beginnings”? That verse is very specific to a prophecy looking forward to the completion of the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem (you can read more about this in Zechariah 4).

Although it was specific to a certain time in Israel’s history, that verse makes me think of God’s hand at work through my high school classes preparing me for things to come.

God doesn’t only work through the church, or through Bible study, or through Christian friends and family. Sometimes he works through bland, humdrum life experiences! In my case, he used those experiences to provide for me and my family.

“And we know that God causes everything to work togetherĀ for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT). Even Typing class.

And that is my story that leads to today’s other exciting holiday:

Administrative Professionals Day

which falls on the same week as my birthday every year! Doesn’t God’s humor tickle your funny bone, too??

Do you have a story of how God has used small things in your life in ways you couldn’t have expected? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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