Weekly Reflections with Pastor Barnes – 8/10/2018

How Will You Face Challenges?

Rev. Donald P. Barnes, Chaplain

Twenty-two years on the assembly line…

I Started at Peerless the day I turned eighteen years old. Confined eight hours a day within the walls of a cinder block, windowless factory, I pumped out widgets and daydreamed about a vocation that offered greater meaning and purpose.

I found that vocation through my work in long-term care. On occasion, I reflect on where I am and where I have been. Factory work required less of me – fewer challenges and less responsibility. Working with folks across their lifespan, however, presented a continuous array of complications and challenges. But, the rewards and satisfaction associated with the helping professions have been profound.

I’m no longer punching out widgets, I’m touching lives – I’m making a real difference in the lives of folks that need a helping hand and a gentle touch. I don’t know what challenges I will face this day, but I know I have the necessary gifts to deal with them in a way that is good and helpful.

So I ask – How about you? How will you face the challenges of the day?

Consider the following anecdote. It provides a wonderful perspective to carry with you as you travel this day. Get the right perspective. Author unknown; When Goliath came against the Israelites, the soldiers all thought, “He’s so big we can never kill him.” David looked at the same giant and thought, “He’s so big I can’t miss.”