Happy Thursday everyone!
As the clock ticks seconds closer to Friday, I sit comfortably in bed bed trying to record my thoughts before sleep drags down my heavy eyelids like a clunky garage door…or elevator door…
Today I had the pleasure (?) of riding in what is quite possibly the oldest and creepiest elevator in West Michigan. It’s so janky that I have intact dubbed it with the honorary title of “The Sketchevator”. I’ll let you in on a little secret…I am not the biggest lover of elevators anyway (I’m always afraid I’m going to get stuck in one), so you can imagine the quickening of my heartbeat and the dryness of my mouth when my supervisor told me I would be taking a dolly cart of heavy tshirt boxes for a spin in the rickety old chunk of metal (YIKES). However, it is clear that I survived.
Now that I can check “catchy intro” off the list, I can delve into the real matters. Today I scribbled down some verse from Ephesians onto my paint chips. I found a wonderful verse,
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
How cool is that? I jotted the verse down on one of my favorite colors, “Sea tickle”. How cute is that name? I just can’t get over it. I was very encouraged by the words “humble” and “gentle” in this verse. Sometimes I feel like my gentleness is a setback, and my fear of arrogance can sometimes stop me from boldness, but seeing this verse reminded me that it’s good to be humble and it’s good to be gentle. This verse motivated me to embrace my strengths, and try to find ways to let them shine and be used throughout my day.
I think I had this verse in the back of my mind throughout the day. I found great comfort in the idea that God wanted to use my abilities in a unique way. Clearly, this put me in a positive attitude for the day, and I approached the day with gladness, ready to see how God was going to use me.
When I first entered the room, Jessica (another intern) and I did a lot of busywork. This time I noticed something different in my heart…I wasn’t nearly as tempted to complain about the tedious tasks. The sorting and organizing of papers didn’t cause my mind to swell with internalized sarcastic remarks, but rather a saying popped into my head, “Whatever you do, be a good one”. This quote comes from honest Abe himself, and I find it incredibly motivating. There will be times when I will be tossed unglamorous tasks, but I can make a decision right then and there…I can breathe a deflated sigh, or I can smile and do the job to the best of my ability. There is no task that we are above, and the monotonous tasks we are sometimes assigned to accomplish are a good reminder of this.
After a morning of sorting through papers and organizing a schedule, Jessica and I set out on a mission to find Maranda’s Park Party T-shirts. This ended up being a lot of fun. I could have whined and stressed over riding in The Sketchevator, but I managed to conquer one of my fears! While we were looking through a strange storage room, Jessica and I found some absolutely ridiculous hats. One that caught my eye was a sparkling pink cowgirl hat with dogs, sheep, pigs, and crayons glued on it. I laughed out loud when I saw the hats, and immediately put the pink one on. Jessica grabbed one exploding with flowers, vines, and exotic animals. A mischievous look spread across her face, and then she uttered what I thought she might say, “We’ve got to wear these downstairs. Everyone in the office will either love it, or be mad, but we’ve got to try it and see how they react!” Now, I am a person who likes to have fun and be goofy, but I am also a cautious person, so let me tell you that it was a big step for me to agree to this (especially since it was in the first days of the internship). I decided to go for it, and we rocked those goofy hats as we walked into a setting in which we had no idea what the response would be.
And guess what?
They loved it. The goofiness brought joy to everyone in the office, and one of the new employees even put on a funny sunhat he just happened to have sitting around (he claims it’s primary function is for fishing purposes, but I’m skeptical), and I decorated it with a stuffed purple monkey to make it even sillier. This ended up turning into a photoshoot which Maranda posted to her instagram account. Do you know what? It felt good to be myself in the office. I am thankful that Jessica helped me come out of my shell today, so I could fully just enjoy being myself without worrying about trying to seem prim and proper for the people in the office. I learned to embrace myself for who I am, and to just have fun!
Trying on the hats made me think about how we have many different hats in our life. Their are some times where it is best to be silly, to laugh and be goofy, creative, and expressive. There are some times when it is better to be listeners, to be mellow, and to absorb everything around us. Today I couldn’t help but notice that the goofy, sparkly, creative hat reflected my personality. When I made the decision to put on that hat, I made the decision to embrace myself at work, and I couldn’t be happier.