One of the things I have learned to appreciate about working fulltime in the public is the opportunity to work day in and day out with people. I think this is something that I lost sight of during my years as a pastor's wife, student, part-time and odd-job worker.
I have developed a new appreciation for the people I work with. We really do share in each others lives in a way that I had forgotten about. As a Christian, you are more vulnerable because your coworkers see you on a daily basis. They see you on the days you would rather be sleeping in and they watch how you handle that irate caller on the phone.
A few weeks ago, I went through the first anniversary of my sister's death. My coworkers were awesome. They got me a card and were extra caring that day. They listen when I talk about my sister and I am so appreciative of the opportunity to build relationships with them.
I can see them watching when I handle sticky situations and am beginning to get the opportunity to speak into their lives in a way that only comes with taking the time and energy to build trust and mutual respect.
I am also thankful for the people God sends in every day to my office. What an opportunity to share Christ in someone's life! My prayer list is growing and so is my list of friends.