She’s able to photocopy, collate and staple 500 documents in a single bound, takes phone calls while proofreading the bulletin and fixing the copier machine! She swoops in to save any distressed parishioner, all while navigating past the pile of parcels that church members have left in the office doorway!
Who is this woman?
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s …
Today is Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretary’s Day. It’s a day to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants and receptionists. But today, I especially honor church secretaries, because yesterday I had the privilege of speaking with a group of these beautifully gifted women. (Clarification: Hats off to the many male secretaries as well, though my day was spent honoring women from churches in our region.)
Together, we discussed what it means to be a “Woman of Excellence” in a world that defines excellence by fortune, accomplishment, fame, outward beauty. Together, we determined that excellence lies in who we are, and less in what we do. Together, we resolved to measure our lives by our “to-be” lists, rather than our “to-do” lists.
In our search for the meaning of excellence, we pondered this treasure in 1 Corinthians 12:31: … “And now I will show you the most excellent way.”
The most excellent way: Love.
Today, may you find a moment to “Love Excellently,” by honoring a church secretary you know.
Photo: Table favors with glass slippers,
a reminder of the Kingdom to which we belong,
a reminder of the King who taught us how to Love Excellently.
Special thanks to friend Nancy F. for the inspiration she gave
for these handmade tokens of love.