What would you say you do here?

Do you ever get the feeling that you aren’t appreciated?

I’ve struggled with that over the past couple of weeks but God’s been helping me deal with it.

I have a job where I wear A LOT of hats. My position has really morphed into something that I don’t think it was ever meant to be, but in my opinion it’s now something that allows the television station I work at to function a lot more smoothly. However, the fact that I wear so many hats means a lot of my coworkers and friends really don’t understand what I do. I have actually had several people at work ask me what I do after they’ve been working with me for SEVERAL months. I’d like to take a little time to let you into what goes into my job.

I typically run audio for the morning news a couple days each week. The news lasts from 5am to 7am and we’ve got these five-minute “cut-ins” that we do every thirty minutes until 9am. I’m responsible for making calls and following up on emails before our 9am meeting every day so I do that in between cut-ins and then I sit in on the meeting and have to pitch stories alongside the reporters. We usually finish up the meeting at around 10am. I’m the internet guy through the day. I keep our website, facebook and twitter updated with the latest local and national stories and I have a quota to meet each day with all of that. I’m in charge of scheduling our production department so we have enough people here to shoot/edit commercials and put the news on the air. My main duty is running the assignment desk so I have to be looking ahead for all of our future stories and listen to the police scanner and make calls on all of that to see if we need to call in a reporter or change someone’s story. Now comes the FUN stuff! I mail out recipes to all of the elderly people that want one of our chef’s recipes but aren’t able to look it up on the computer, I make DVD copies of stories that people request and I update our school/business/church closings system.

That’s what I normally do. I’m not complaining about it because I don’t have an extremely hard job. I’d much rather be doing what I do right now than going underground and working in a coal mine like my Dad did. I like my job UNTIL someone acts like I don’t do anything. I came into work this morning and read an email from one of my coworkers that basically suggested that I don’t do my job. I got upset at first and I was immediately directed to a notepad file that I had saved on my desk.

I posted a while back that I was really stressed out. After that post, I was reminded by a lot of my family and friends that I’ve got plenty of people on my side and I got a phone call from one of my spiritual mentors, Gus Dean. He said that he heard that I was really stressed and he gave me a few scriptures to lift me up but I didn’t read them. I saved them and figured I would pull them out when I needed them, so I pulled them out today. Here are some excerpts of what I read.

Philippians 4:4-7 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 16:33 – I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

God’s looking out for me and He’s placed plenty of people here that have my back as well. I don’t care what anyone else thinks that I do or don’t do because the song that I sing is for an audience of one. Don’t let the haters weigh you down!

Here’s the jam for the day – make sure to turn it up to 11 and rip the knob off.


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