1000 Emails

It looks like that right?

I have seen a commercial a few times on TV for a particular cell phone and while I’m not entirely sure the marketing goals were met, I have thought about it a bit more than most.  The first time I watched it, I “googled” the company that was featured using the phone.  I couldn’t figure out why this phone would help this company more than any other (do you really need to write all of your emails from a phone? do you not own a tablet of some sort or laptop or something?  I know all 10 of my finger work faster than two because I was born in the 80s and I’m guessing the woman was too)

The second round had me calculating her claim that she gets 1000 emails a day.  First there is no way to thoughtfully answer 1000 emails a day.  If you got that many you would need 33 hours to email everyone back (2 min each).  So then I thought, “she probably has a few assistants, is she really claiming she does all the work? What an awful boss!”  The reality is that no one person should be this busy.  If you are, you have to work smarter.  When ever I feel myself feeling good about how much work I’m doing, I’m probably lying to myself about the cruddy job I’m doing at building a team, delegating and doing things that aren’t productive.  Work ethic is good and so is hard work.  Excellence is best.  Perfectionism is a lie.  Making yourself indispensable is stupid (what if you get hit by a bus? seriously.  can someone pick up where you left off?).   Leading by yourself isn’t leading.

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On Vocation/Calling/What am I going to do when I grow up?

Time to look into the mirror.

I have thought a lot about the idea of calling and vocation lately.  Working with young people I find myself saying.. you don’t need to have it all figured out.  I really wanted a 5 year plan.  I have always wanted a 5 year plan.  I don’t think God has ever let me have one.

PLU taught me that vocation was the spot where your great passion met the world’s great need (thanks Wild Hope).  I learned working at Puyallup Foursquare that ministry was who I was, not what I did.  Recently I learned from Pastor Frank Damazio (City Bible Church) that ministry was a calling and that the practical of what I did was the current function.

Not everyone feels like they are called (but they are) or that they have to have a vocation (but they can).  I have always loved working but I wanted to do something I loved.

When I was in third grade I wanted to be a fashion designer and a doctor.  I think somewhere deep down, I knew that money could be shaky in the arts.  In 6th grade I still wanted to be a doctor but there was a part of me that really wanted to work at MTV.  I identified doctor as a smart person vocation.. and I liked being smart.  I identified MTV as a place of arts and a place I could wear jeans to work.

In high school I was drawn to many things.  Music business, drama, writing, graphic design, photography.  I was also drawn to helping people and figuring things out.  I worked at a real estate office as a receptionist and I taught clarinet lessons. I also wanted to be a smart person.

In college I freaked out and on my third try I picked Music Education.  I really enjoyed it.  Everything about it.  What I probably learned most in my music education classes was that I was a leader and I learned how to be a better leader. I also started serving in church on the worship team and with the youth ministry.  At one point I felt what I now know was God pointing me towards ministry.

I taught very briefly after college and quickly learned that I like working with young people and I hated bell schedules.  I loved mentoring and couldn’t stand grading periods! I didn’t know I was a free spirit – or had problems with authority… who knows.

After that I worked as an admission counselor and finally landed at Puyallup Foursquare working with the Executive Pastor and eventually the creative pastor (apologize for the run on sentence).  I thought everything had let to that.  I got to use all the things I had learned and loved it.  I waited a few years and then finally got my district pastoral license in the Foursquare Denomination (tell that to 3rd grade me).

When we moved to Camas, I came back to an old passion.. graphics, art and writing.  Armed with a hand me down computer and an old copy of Adobe Illustrator.. I learned a lot.. and then I learned some more.  Somehow I ended up being the Communications Director at Grace Church.  I’ve taught myself quite a bit and learned a lot from friends and other churches/businesses.  I also get to pastor people – my favorites being those 6th grade – college.  I love the local church and what it is capable of doing for the community and world (like giving away in over $27,000 in assistance in a year among other things).

The coolest part is that I haven’t arrived.  I can look back and see the tapestry of my calling.  I look at the areas God has placed me and it is pretty amazing.  I never thought making 700 calls to prospective students would be a layer in that but it is (finding something to talk about with an angry 8th grade girl can be hard sometimes!).

I am convinced that no matter where you are in life… there is still more to be done.   We are on a journey.  **Edit** so when you are frustrated and angry at where you at… remember.. there is more **  It is okay that I don’t know what 5 years from now looks like.  I’m on the journey to what I will be when I grow up.

One Saturday Morning I Wasn’t Busy

Busy is the worst 4 letter word.  It separates you from friends, family, God and taking care of yourself.  The worst is part of it is that it socially acceptable.

How are you doing?

Busy.

Me too…

and then life is about the things we do and rather than enjoying life.

Part of direction for this year is to not be proud of being busy.  The to do list will probably always be there.  I love what I do.  I love the local church.  I love what God can do in people’s lives.  I love people coming to know God.  That list will always be there. Busy is about misaligned priorities.

1) God isn’t first… He’s center.

2) My hubby (ick word) husband is next.

3) I can order everything else after.

Honestly if God is center, I don’t have to worry about the other stuff too much.. He’s good like that.

As I look to 2012.. here are some other things I am banking on helping rid the busy.  Once a month cooking,  Vacation. Working Out.