The writer and humorist Sam Ewing said, “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t show up at all.” I’m happy to say I work with a team of people whose sleeves are always in the upright and locked position.
This month, you met Gary Longenecker, In Touch Ministries’ Director of Photography, in the first installment of The Faces of In Touch. He’s a passionate man, one who takes pride in creating things that are—as he put it—“awesome amazing” for God. And that desire never wanes. Whether he’s working on a commercial or a special project, Gary gives it his all, and that devotion to his craft comes through. Every single time.
The same goes for Bob, who cheerfully sorts thousands of letters in our mailroom, and for Caleb, a member of the information technology team, who keeps the network running smoothly. Doris in the contact center handles dozens of phone calls from partners each day, smiling all the while. And Rhonda processes requests and invoices for our broadcast team with a speed that would make The Flash jealous.
These people—and the many others who make up the In Touch family—are “awesome amazing” at the tasks God has called them to carry out. And what’s even more astounding is that they bring the same talent and work ethic to anything they’re asked to accomplish. They do more than just show up. And they never turn up their noses. Instead, they roll up their sleeves, dig in, and do their work “heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Col. 3:23). You can’t help but notice it—and want to be a part of it. And that passion, as Robert Frost says, “has made all the difference.”
Be on the lookout for next month’s featured employee—Allen Maddox. As a member of our Christian Guidance department, he’s an invaluable resource for the ministry…and a mighty nice guy to boot.
Read more about the people who keep In Touch Ministries running in The Faces of In Touch, a special section of the In Touch magazine.