I was on vacation last week. I know, I just started working with Echo one month ago. But I took a vacation to Miami anyways.
While on the beach, I got a text from my friend and co-worker Joe Cavazos. There was a broken link in one of my Echo posts. I freaked out. That didn’t look good on me and looked even worse on the team. We got it resolved fairly quickly.
But before we fixed the problem, I got a call from another, new RT Creative Group employee, Philip. He started the day I left for my trip, so I haven’t actually met him yet. (He should be walking through the front doors of our office any second now.)
It’s funny, though. At some of my old jobs, including the church I worked for, I might have felt threatened by a call from the new guy. I might think I was being “checked up on” or that people didn’t trust me. But this time was different. I was really glad for the call. I was glad there was someone else watching out for my quality besides just me.
What made the difference? The truth is, it’s all an issue of perspective. Philip didn’t approach the phone call any differently than previous co-workers might have. But my attitude was different. Philip, though I’d never met him, was a team member – not a threat. So I was grateful, not grudging.
I’m no prophet, but I’m willing to bet quite a few of you reading this might have responded grudgingly like I would have at my old job. I’m also not a preacher, but I’ll tell you that’s a warning sign of a bad attitude.
There’s no room for that in the Church. We are a team – even if the youth pastor gets on your nerves. Even if the kids minister is trying to take graphic design projects away from you. Even if the worship leader doesn’t approve of the job you do.
Sorry to get so preachy on a Monday morning. Perhaps I’m still buzzing from the Cuban coffee I drank. But perhaps that’s something you needed to hear…
It’s definitely a reminder for me…