Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Working Out and Not Alone
The past few days have been especially stressful for a number of reasons--not all of them blog-appropriate material. And one of the lies the 'enemy of my soul' loves to whisper in my ear in times like this is, "You're all alone."
Yesterday I ran around doing packing-party-related errands and none of them had anything to do with leadership. And, that enemy was whispering again, "You're a failure at leading. You don't know how to delegate. If you were a good leader you'd have people lined up to do this work."
Today we had a work day scheduled for our upcoming packing party. Our OCC media coordinator did a good job of publicizing the event and I'd had calls from several people in the community who said they were coming. Still, I didn't have commitments from my team or know which of them might be coming. I had no idea what to take to the church or how to set up for the event.
So I got there early and set up four tables and 16 chairs. I knew a reporter and photographer from the local newspaper was coming, and I was concerned that no one would be there when they arrived.
The event was scheduled to begin at 1:30 and before 1:00 several of my team members arrived to help with preparations. Myron, a faithful friend from our small group, came and volunteered to take over cutting the rope for jump ropes.
More and more arrived--people from the community I'd never met; five associates from our local Kohl's store who were there as part of their Associates In Action program; several families with young children; two former co-workers I hadn't seen in years. By the time the reporter came, I had set up five more tables and counted 45 people filling them.
Folks came and went throughout the day--probably at least 60 different workers all together-- and some took supplies with them so they could complete work at home. The Kohl's associates took items to work on in their break room.
I wish I'd been able to keep better track of exactly how much we accomplished but I'd say conservatively we assembled at least 2,500 jump ropes, bagged 20+ cases of soap with 112 bars in each case, and put together a couple thousand bags of crayons.
I was even more encouraged when eight people stayed all the way until 6:30 and helped clean off and return tables and chairs and load everything back into the storage container.
Things are working out. And I am not alone.
Posted by Kathy Schriefer at 6:55 PM