A short while ago, I wrote about how I felt God was sending me a message that I should be using my spiritual gifts to serve others, but I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to be doing. You can read that post here: How Can I Use my Gifts to Better Serve God and Others?
I ended that post by saying that I was anxious to find out what lessons I would learn on my journey. Well, the journey did not take me where I expected.
Soooo . . . I had met with the Lead Pastor at our church, who introduced me to the Outreach Pastor. We talked about my talents and interests. A Sunday or two later, I found myself helping with Pre-K Kids’ Church. On the inside, I was less than enthusiastic about this. On the outside, I tried to make it seem like I was enjoying myself.
I’ve taught Sunday school in the past, and I just don’t enjoy it that much. It’s a myth that if you’re female and you have young children, you must love working with all children. Don’t get me wrong. I do like kids. As I communicated to the Children’s Director, there’s just something about that environment I find very draining. I’m willing to fill in temporarily, but it’s not something I’m interested in doing every week.
The church also contacted me about a weekly women’s Bible Study, potentially helping the older kids with their weekly production, and helping with the Kids’ Church registration desk.
In addition, I just got a promotion at work that requires me to work an extra hour per day. Besides being less than a month back into the school year, my daughter started weekly dance class again. I’ve also decided to possibly pursue another degree, related to my promotion. I have a full plate.
Long story short, I decided to say “No” to Kids’ Church and helping with the older kids’ production. I have committed to a six week Women’s Bible Study, which meets weekly, and working at the registration desk for Kids’ Church every six weeks. I worked at the registration desk for the first time last Sunday, and I really liked it a lot. I figured out, it was because it was a lot like my old Customer Service job, so it came pretty naturally.
I wrote an article a year ago where I talked about how I developed a talent or a skill in coaching and managing others (Is it a Talent or a Skill? Does it Matter?) in my job in Customer Service. I didn’t focus on what I had learned when serving customers, and training others to serve customers. Frankly, I learned a ton, and matured a great deal too. I recently started to realize that my ability to not take things personally came, at least in part, from dealing with upset customers. This is a skill I use constantly, and had attributed it to the tools I had found in learning to overcome anxiety. I hadn’t been giving the Customer Service experience nearly enough credit.
Even funnier, of all the gifts I listed in my recent article, when I was trying to figure out how I should be serving, not once did Customer Service come to my mind. I took a really round about way to get to the spot where I’m supposed to be helping right now. I enjoy doing it, and the time commitment fits perfectly with all of my responsibilities. I really like the Children’s Director, who is training me. That could be the icing on the cake – I may even make a new friend.