Today’s Miracle Monday comes from Sister KarenJo Pandone. She reflects on how “church work” has shaped her life and even her career path.
Reading Sister Zarella’s blog post about how working for the Lord influenced her future career made me reflect on my own career goals.
When I graduated high school—I won’t say how long ago that was but I’m now retired—all I wanted to do was become a secretary.
My first secretarial job was at age 11 when I was elected MBA Secretary for my branch. I was so excited to sit up front, record what hymns were sung, who said prayer, and take attendance.
Then my nerves set in – I had to read the minutes out loud! I was a nervous wreck. But my branch loved me, and my MBA teacher, Brother Frank Morle, gave me all the encouragement I needed. And so my career path began…
In my sophomore year of high school, our youth group decided we wanted to publish a branch newsletter. I was voted the typist. Various class members would write the articles, and it was my job to type and lay out the newsletter.
I was living with Brother Alex and Sister Cathy Gentile when the General Church print house began in their kitchen with a monster computer that you needed instructions to use. Several of us mastered the instructions, typed songbooks, publications, and then completed the project by collating around a huge table in their basement.
I looked forward to each project we completed as the family of God.
I remember interviewing for my first managerial position at Michigan Bell. They asked if I had ever coordinated a large group. By this time, I had been elected GMBA Secretary and had worked on the registration and accommodation committees for several campouts. They were shocked to hear that I had experience in a worldwide youth group as secretary and was responsible for the registration of several hundred people for an event. (Thanks GMBA!)
When I retired from my last job as an executive legal secretary, I went on to what I refer to as my dream job: administrative assistant for The Church of Jesus Christ.
My days are now filled with corresponding with my brothers and sisters from coast to coast. I receive emails from people in the world looking for Christ, and I get to direct them to the appropriate people in our church who will then lead them in the right direction. I’m blessed to be able to help when we have conferences at the World Operations Center in Greensburg and interact with each brother and sister on a personal level.
So, yes, Sister Zarella’s blog post definitely had me strolling down memory lane, but also realizing how the Lord influenced each part of my working career, beginning at a very young age into my life right now at this moment.
I’m grateful and can never thank God enough for all He has done for me.
Don’t Minimize Working for the Lord
Historian. Editor. Librarian. Secretary. Superintendent. Do you hold any of these titles in church? If you do, then don’t pooh-pooh the work as “nothing much.” You could be gaining valuable transferable skills for your career.
Or, maybe even more importantly, you get the chance to do work that you find enjoyable and meaningful. Not because the work is necessarily fun (collating papers, painting a Sunday school room, or washing dishes after a potluck) but because you’re in good company with the family of God.
Did today’s article remind you of a time when you worked for God and it impacted your life in some way? Let us know, and we’ll share your story here!
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.