I am resurrecting our website from scratch and will have the challenge of maintaining it. And this is just a small portion of my day-to-day duties.
So, why does one think that what I do does not amount to a real job when I say I work at a church? Perhaps they have stepped away from the church and have not witnessed or celebrated a sacrament, such as a baptism or marriage or funeral?
Because then they wouldn’t ever question the procedures or how it all comes together for such a celebration, let alone the daily and weekend regular Masses. Or, if they have dealt with an employee of a church, they have experienced understanding, compassion and kindness, qualities I must practice every day.
By the way, being nice comes very easy when you are doing something you love. Surely somebody who is happy and understanding and kind isn’t really “working.” Because people who work are unhappy, right?
Everybody knows that there isn’t a whole lot of money to be made if you do, in fact, work at a church. Surely, then, I am not doing this job for the money.
Perhaps this is what Joey meant in his journal. And if that’s the case, then perhaps he needs to help out here at the food pantry sometime so that he can see just how fortunate he is compared to so many who have much less.
We have all heard the saying that money can’t buy you happiness. I am proof of that, because I have never been happier at a job. What it lacks in pay, it more than makes up in other areas.
It is a ministry, one that I am proud to be a part of, and I will never stop loving what I do, no matter how many times I’m asked where I work. Ministries are just as important careers as those in medicine or engineering, retail or marketing. It’s all in the way you look at it.
And, yes, it most definitely is a real job
Kerri Stanley is a resident of Londonderry, involved with several local organizations. Her column appears monthly in the Derry News.