This is a ‘guest blog’ written by a friend of my daughter Lizzie. Megan Campbell is at Hillsong’s college in Sydney at the moment and writes of some of her experiences.
“Whose day is it today?”
a question that often frequents my lips as I walk into our kitchen and there’s dishes piling up and jobs to do.
“I can’t be bothered to help stack the chairs, it’s not my job”
a thought that pops into my mind as my class help tidy the room at the end of the day.
“They won’t notice if I’m on Instagram, I can pretend I’m taking notes”
an excuse I make when I can’t be bothered to listen and pay attention.
Sometimes in a big church like Hillsong, you can feel unnecessary, unseen, just another face in the crowd. Sometimes in this big world that we live in, you can feel unnecessary, unseen, just another face in the crowd.
But I’ve learnt recently that there’s something really important in turning up, in playing your part, even when it feels like you’re not making a difference. I think the important part of this isn’t just the reward you might get in the long run for being faithful, it’s not the recognition that you get after weeks of feeling unseen… it’s about being united.
It’s about showing up because you get the purpose, you understand the aim, you know the worth in what you’re showing up to.
Being united comes in all forms. It comes in watching your words when you want to moan and complain. It comes in switching your attitude as soon as a negative thought enters your mind. It comes in turning up on time, and being fully present to where you’ve said yes to being.
The things that we don’t think need us are often the things that need us more than we realise. You’re needed, even if you don’t have a job title. Church relies on you turning up. If you don’t sit in that chair, it’s going to be empty! If you don’t talk to the first timer, they’re going to feel alone! Being united looks like turning up to support what’s going on even when you haven’t been asked. It looks like encouraging the people who do have jobs to do, and helping out where you can, because you understand the bigger picture. You get the reason why.
It must come down to that. Why.
Do you understand the why behind what you’re doing? Do you understand why you have to do that job, or why that person is so picky about you doing it right? When you get the why behind the what, you can help to work towards the common goal.. and that will bring people together, UNITED, working towards the common goal.
Being united is beautiful.
It creates a home. It creates joy. It creates peace.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
I’ve had to challenge myself, I’ve had to keep turning up. At home it was easy – I was always part of the family, I was needed, I was recognised. Here, not so much. I’m literally just another college student. And if I want, I can let myself sit in that. I can let that be my identity, I can let that rule my attitude. But I decided that isn’t good enough, and that’s not how I wanna live. Wherever I go, whatever I do in life, I don’t want it to be for recognition, I don’t want it to be because I get a reward. I want to do it because I want to do it. Simple.
I want to do it because I’m united in vision and understanding of what I’m doing it for.
So when the kitchen needs cleaning, it’s my job to clean it. Because it’s my house, and it’s my responsibility, even if the rota doesn’t say my name or the dishes are not mine.
When the chairs need putting away, that’s my job, because I used them, and it makes it easier for someone else, so they can spend their time doing something more important.
When the preacher is preaching their heart out, and I can’t be bothered to listen, it’s my responsibility to change my attitude and listen to the words that they’ve laboured over.
Why? Because unity is important. And I wanna be part of creating that.
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14
Let’s be a people who create unity wherever we go – you have the power to bring it to being.