There’s a lot of unfamiliar faces around my office these days. We’ve got a whole gaggle of interns ready to spend the Summer learning all about the radio industry.
There’s probably 10 to 12 of them. I’m trying to learn all of their names but so far have only gotten a couple to stick in my brain.
Today I needed a little help from one of them since my regular Friday helper was on vacation. I walked up to a group of interns sitting around and said, “Want to learn something new? I need help with something that’s simple, tedious, and boring. It requires attention to detail and is extremely important. Who wants to help?”
A few of them looked around at each other. A few didn’t look up from their laptop. I was about to say, “Don’t everyone jump at once,” but before I had the chance one guy raised his hand and said, “I’ll do it.”
He was a quick study, asking questions about the task I entrusted to him and taking notes with the answers I gave. In just a few minutes he was on his own getting things done.
There were two things I took away from this experience. I was surprised that only one intern jumped at the chance to work with someone new and learn something new from them. In my mind, they were squandering away a great opportunity.
I was also impressed with the young man for volunteering for a project that I described exactly as it was; very boring and very important. Because of his initiative, I know he can (and should) be trusted with greater, more interesting tasks.
He made a name for himself… and I learned it… and committed it to memory. He’ll be my “go-to” guy the next time I need help and I’ll go out of my way to teach him some other things.
Driving home tonight I thought about the situation and about how the little things matter. I was reminded of Matthew 25:23 (AMP).
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’
My last weekly verse was all about smiles. This week’s verse kind of ties into that theme as well. It’s all about joy.
This past weekend my youngest daughter’s softball team competed in the state tournament. Six games over the course of 3 days on a weekend where the sun shined bright and the temperatures soared well over 90 degrees.
They started the tournament playing well but fell behind in the score several times. Undeterred, they kept their spirits up and fought back time and again.
As a parent, I really appreciated a few things about their coaching and their style of play.
The kept a positive attitude throughout the weekend. They kept encouraging each other and lifting each other up. When things looked a little bleak they worked together to do something to swing the momentum and score back in their favor.
By the end of the weekend, they found themselves in the championship game… something I’m not sure they would’ve thought possible when they started the tournament.
Again, they dug themselves into a hole… but they battled back forcing extra innings and taking the lead by 1 run. They were 3 outs away from winning and they were pumped up!
I think us parents in the stands were more nervous than our players on the field.
One out. Then two outs. The final out was a blur but when it happened our girls erupted on the field and all the parents jumped up from the bleachers and threw our fists in the air. I know this because a friend of the team shared a video of the parent’s reaction on Facebook.
There was hugs, smiles, and laughter as they were presented with the championship trophy. Each player also got a gold championship ring too!
I can only describe the scene as pure joy. Joy for the players. Joy for the coaches. Joy for the parents! It’s in the spirit of joy that I selected this week’s verse! Psalm 118:4.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.