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Being #1 at Being #2

Today is Administrative Professional Day and I want to start this by saying to EVERYONE who’s role it is to HELP in any way ADMINISTRATIVE, it is your day! You are the Administrator. In the mathematics of it all, when done well you ADD and not subtract. You MULTIPLY and not divide. Whether you do this as an administrative professional or do this in a volunteer administrative capacity – I salute you! It is hard work, and it is not for the faint of heart. You must be willing to EXECUTE – even when all the conditions for execution are not ideal. Even when you have less hands to lighten the load. Even when the instructions were not quite clear or non-existent. Sometimes you are the leader of a great team of people helping execute and other times you are rolling solo. But when you are CALLED to this work of administration, you don’t mind any of the things I just stated. Because it is not about that. It is about doing all of it unto GOD!

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. (Acts 17:24–25)

He is WITH US in this work. If your job is not in ministry, it does not mean you are not operating in this calling in your job in the marketplace. When you make God the center of it all – he has YOU! I have been an administrator for over 40 years, since my first job as a receptionist at the United Way in Clarksville at the age of 14. I got off the bus on Madison Street and went to work until one of my uncles picked me up at 6. Since then, administration has always been at work in my life in some capacity. I love it! Most administrators that I know believe this work/ministry is how God’s glory is worked out in our lives. God is “for us” in carrying out his plan, not necessarily our own. When there is a vision from God – he uses the administrator to bring it to pass. Not for any other reason except it is kingdom work meant to serve his people.

The ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. (2 Corinthians 9:12)

Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)

God doesn’t need us. We need him. We GET TO do this work. Don’t get the roles reversed. We are not indispensable. He is. If you do this work and are worn out or burnout, listen…this is an essential reminder for all of us — and especially those of us in heavily administrative and “executive” roles. As Christians, we know how finite, dependent, contingent we are. And we need to be reminded of it regularly and guard ourselves from subtly beginning to operate as if we really can execute on our tasks all by our lonesome, without the constant help of our God. I want to encourage every administrator to stay connected to the source!

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15:4)

If you are up worrying about the work of God – it’s not his work, it’s yours. I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm 3:5) Give the heavy load to HIM – he was made to carry it. Allow him to carry you. Be encouraged today. Be blessed today! Be celebrated today!

Remember your WHY – God is #1. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) BE #1 AT BEING #2.

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