[Monday Motivation] Wishing Away Today
The following is a guest post from one of our CSE community members, Linda Gillis. She works as a part-time church secretary and writes inspirational and devotional material, as well as creating and presenting retreats for church support staff, volunteers, and women’s organizations. I love Linda’s mission… she too has a heart to see Church Secretaries succeed and so I asked her if she’d like to share something with the rest of the “community” and she was more than happy to do so. Hope the following devotional, taken from one of her devotion books for church office staff, will help you start your week off right.
Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself.
You have enough to worry about today. Matthew 6:34
Some days are harder than others are, and I’d like to wish them away. . . . Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, like Annie sang in the popular musical by the same name. But she always ended the song with: you’re always a day away.
One Monday morning I arrived at the office—full of smiles, humming a little tune I’d heard on the radio, ready to tackle the week. I retrieved the messages from the answering machine and heard the familiar gruff voice of a retired pastor who sounded as if he had gotten up on the wrong side of the bed, demanding a callback immediately!
As I dialed his number, my perky disposition began to wilt. By noon—in between answering the phone and signing off on deliveries—I had ripped paper out of every hiding place in the copy machine, had re-set the locked-out postage meter, and had found the server for one of my co-workers whose computer said, “Can’t find the server.”
After a quick lunch I sat down at my desk and sighed. The telephone jolted me back into action. “Suck it up and just answer the phone,” I told myself. A calming voice greeted me, “Hello, Linda. This is Steve (the bishop, who was also my boss). How’s your day going?” I forced a smile into my voice, “It’s going great,” I said, trying to convince myself. I transferred the call and took three deep breaths. My pulse returned to normal, and the challenges of the morning seemed trivial.
I thanked God for the encouraging voice that quieted my soul and put a smile back on my face.
Creator God, help me find a way to start over on a bad day, and to look for the good things happening around me.
About the Blogger . . .
Linda Gillis lives in Sun City, Arizona, where she works as a part-time church secretary and writes inspirational and devotional material, as well as creating and presenting retreats for church support staff, volunteers, and women’s organizations. Linda’s first published work appeared in the August 2007 Guideposts magazine, after being awarded one of the the twelve Guideposts Writer’s Workshop Contest prizes in 2006. She has two published meditation books for church support staff, “Incidents from the Church Office and “Incidents and Inspiration from the Church Office II.” Visit her website at www.incidentsfrom.com.
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