But, underneath, the accompaniment is pushing and pulling, building a strong infrastructure.
You know the idiom of the duck, how it's feet are paddling like crazy, but on top of the water it is cool as a cucumber. You know the saying that behind every good CEO there's an organized administrative assistant who is always one step ahead. Where would the best chefs be without amazing sou chefs?
Some of us jump from line to line. One day we are the prima donna; one day we are the janitor who sweeps up after the show.
But, most of us get lives where the sweeping is the normal. We are uncelebrated, unrecognized, even unnoticed. No standing ovation here.
On those days of discouragement, when we forget the big picture, when we forget the "why", let's remember a couple of things:
ONE. We are all part of a bigger picture. Even though I have been the teacher of our kids' church program, it's my husband who sets everything up and tears it all down again. By the time church starts, he's usually sweaty and exhausted. Without him and our other church set-up crew, I would not be able to use my gifts. Our different gifts go hand-in-hand. I also need Jesse to order the curriculum. If I count the people who produce that curriculum - as well as our aids and the parents who get the kids dressed in the morning - easily over a hundred people have something to do with our kids' church. It's exactly what Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 12.
-Colossians 3 (ESV)