Last Monday, January 7, was my first day back from all the celebrating. I had really enjoyed some good times with my family and friends, and, to tell the truth, I wasn’t looking forward to the 30-minute drive into work (on a good day) in gridlock traffic and then replaying it in the afternoon. But over the holidays, I tried to look at work from a whole new perspective.
Be glad you are healthy enough to work and have a job. I enjoy working at LifeWay Christian Resources, and I like being part of the VBS team. It is truly satisfying (and humbling) to know that the materials I work on have an impact on thousands of children each year. When I was employed with LifeWay (formerly the Baptist Sunday School Board), I felt called to my work here. And I still feel strongly that this is where God wants me to be.
Your job does not define you. Although LifeWay Christian Resources is an ideal place to work and being a part of the VBS editorial team is fun and exciting, it is my relationship with God outside these walls that defines me. God gave me certain talents and expects me to use them. I truly feel that God led me here for a purpose, and I want to strive to do my best at what I do for Him every day.
There are exciting days ahead. With the birth of The Gospel Project and other new ventures and the revamping of longtime-favorite curriculum pieces, 2013 is bound to be a pretty exciting year. With all that is going on around us in our world, we need God more than ever, and He needs us to help carry out His work.
Colossal Coaster World VBS will offer churches a fun way to present the gospel to children in their local communities. And it's EVERY CHRISTIAN'S JOB to make sure this happens each summer. It would be nice if we would adopt the “No child left behind” school policy in our churches as well. When children attend your church for VBS, strive to get (and keep) them in Sunday School and church. Don’t let them be overlooked or forgotten.
So when you’re sitting in traffic, like me, wondering how you’re going to do everything that is expected of you, remember that we’re all in this together. So gather up your best talents and intentions and commit to making 2013 your best year ever! Be sure to let us know how you plan to do that.