My Friday tidy office is mysteriously messy on Monday! Here’s what I found this week:
1. Two books: No names in the books, no note with them explaining why they are in my office. One copy of Loren Cunningham’s Daring to Live on the Edge: The Adventure of Faith and Finances. And one copy of The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible: New American Standard Version. I have a feeling the Bible is for the missionary project I mentioned last week, but if so, I’m wondering if the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible could be an intimidating choice for a person receiving a Bible for the first time. You ought to see this thing. There are numbers next to three or four words in every single verse. In the back those numbers correspond to Hebrew and Greek words, with the idea that a person could dig a bit deeper to learn how about the decisions the translation team made. Personally, I have been very intrigued and blessed by studying the original languages of the Bible. I sometimes joke that my job is largely working with dead languages. In the last ten years or so I have relied heavily on Logos Bible Software, and I recommend it highly. But I don’t think it would be wise to give original language materials to someone desiring to the read the Bible for the first time! Either way, it was a very nice gesture, and it will be perfect for our missionary to give to someone he knows who would be ready for that deeper kind of study. The Cunningham book looks interesting. Cunningham founded Youth With A Mission years ago and is a respected voice. Since a couple of Ladies are about to revitalize (think resurrection) our church library, perhaps this could be a title for that collection. I’m super excited about their ideas for the new library!
2. Staff evaluations: There were some envelopes with staff evaluations in my office. I get evaluated every year by our Pastoral Relations Committee, and I help evaluate the staff every year. Do you get evaluated? It is not fun. It is also not fun being the reviewer.
Even when the evaluation is overwhelmingly good, the reviewers feel they have to include some kind of critique. And usually the positive parts get talked about for 10% of the meeting, though the positive parts are 90% of the evaluation! So as we begin having annual evaluations, I hope they are honest, helpful, and redemptive! Correcting what needs to be corrected. Affirming what needs to be affirmed. Providing hope and encouragement for the next year. So if you are getting evaluated in your job, here’s a little clip to get you psyched up for it:
Now it’s time to clean up!