Not much surprises me about people anymore, but every once in awhile, someone comes along who helps me to remember that life isn’t all about getting what you want. When I started working for a large company 15 years ago, I didn’t think I’d stay more than a couple of months. I reasoned that I wasn’t the corporate type and this was just to get me by for awhile. Then, as he often does, God changed my heart and introduced me to a godly woman who stole my heart and made me want to stay. She used to call her job her “marketplace assignment.” I supported her as an admin for four or five years until she moved on and I supported many other great people as an admin in the years that followed.
Then in my seventh year, I was assigned to support a VP who was a bit different than most senior executives I’d come across. The first day I met him, he kissed me on the cheek, much like a father would his daughter. I was surprised because it was so relational, not at all inappropriate really. Most execs would shake your hand and say “hey, great to meet you!” But this guy was different because he wanted to know about my family, and he wanted me to know about him and his family. Turns out he LOVES opera… at that time, I was singing with local orchestras. His family and he would come to hear me sing.
While I was assigned to him, I learned a lot about writing and speaking and balance in life. I was always amazed at how his attitude was so positive and forward looking. I know he went through low times in his life and career, but I rarely recall any trace of despair on his face. I know that look of hope… it’s Jesus.
I don’t work with him anymore in my current marketplace assignment, but I am still affected by his outlook on life. Our households still keep in contact occasionally and I hope we never lose touch.
That’s the kind of person I want to be… each day should have something meaningful in it. It’s all part of the daily process of serving God. I work as an admin, but my job is much more than that… I’m on “assignment.”