Serving others. For 25 years I’ve been living these words as I serve in the maintenance department here at Dordt College as campus electrician and chief boiler operator.
I’ve never taken a college class, as a matter of fact, I’ve always dreaded school. But, I’ve always given my best in my job.
I was taught at a young age that to not do your best in your job is to cheat, cheat employer, cheat yourself, cheat the good Lord who gave you your skills.
I’d never studied phrases about every square inch, or the difference between calling and vocation as I applied my skill set to my job. But, working on the campus of Dordt College I see how everything is tied together and how my place in the kingdom fits here on the campus.
Installing extra outlets isn’t really important unless you’re the one who cannot find a power source for a charger to charge your laptop, smart phone, or tablet. There is a sense of satisfaction in maintaining our buildings to the standard we have on campus. Small jobs to major remodels, retrofitting existing fixtures to reduce our energy consumption on campus, while still maintaining proper light output, and helping the student with whatever their daily need might be are all part of my day to day.
It’s not always easy, but it’s always a learning experience working with faculty, staff and students. Serving at Dordt College, and serving each other is serving the Lord.