Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!
People in ministry often discover that some things are out of their control. Nowhere is this more obvious than the question of facilities. If you don’t have the key to the supply closet, you can’t refill the paper towel dispenser. If you meet in a rented facility, you can’t always predict when the lobby will be shut down in order to strip and wax the floors. If your building is located on a busy highway, you can’t do anything about the trash that motorists toss out their windows.
Or maybe you can.
Those three examples are excuses more than anything else. Of course we can ask for (and usually get) a spare key. We can work with building owners to know maintenance schedules. And trashy facilities or properties? We may not be able to keep people from tossing their trash, but we certainly don’t have to leave it there.
In her book It’s My Pleasure, Dee Ann Turner, Chick-fil-A’s Vice President for Corporate Talent, relates the following story: