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).