So I have mentioned before...........THE JOB.
I love it.
The mom job, of course. But also the churchy job.
I still default and tell people that I am a mom a lot of the time when they ask me what I do.
I don't know why.
I think I value more what I do with my kids than what I do with the outside world.
I think that I feel more "me" as a mom than I do as anything else.
I don't know.
But I do get to meet some amazing people as the result of my job.
People who bless me with their words, with their work, with their life.
Today I got to meet one of those people.
20 years he has worked in this world, it's a family thing. Passed on from father to son.
He has a passion for serving people.
He has a knowledge of this area and talks of the city with care.
He realizes the need to educate people. He said that his goal is NOT to keep on meeting with the same people over and over again, enabling them but his goal is to educate and help them and have them not rely so heavily on him, rather they will have learned to help themselves.
He told me he is on call - 24 hours a day. That we could call him at midnight. He might be groggy and not as coherent but that he would answer and be ready to help.
He's not taking Christmas off.
He said people are just as vulnerable in the city on Christmas day as any other day - he has a responsibility to them.
He spoke with such an earnestness and passion.
He took more time than he needed to explain things, to teach me. He went through detail upon detail.
At one point I knew that he had something hard to say and he took such care to be kind.
I was just in awe of this guy.
It was an unexpected gift to my day.
And who was the guy, you ask?
Randy, the Roto-Rooter guy.
I was standing there in my ancient Ugg boots, an old bulky blue bathrobe and my dirty winter coat being taken to church by my plumber.
I got to stay home for a service call.
Good thing I didn't go to church that day.
I would have missed the message.