But if our daily work doesn’t also give us joy and life and moments of fun, I’m not sure we are in the right place.
I remember talking with a colleague about his new call – a complicated congregation with the reputation for serious crankitude – and when I asked how things were going, his face lit up and he said, “I’m having so much fun!”
This is why I believe in “call” – if we are truly called to do something, it’s because we have both the chops and the cosmic prompting to do it. And it’s meant to be fun – at least occasionally.
Not only can ministry among challenging people be fun – if the call to serve them is real – but highway toll-taking, tax accounting, house painting, garden weeding, and tooth polishing can be fun if we enjoy it. I enjoy none of those things.
But my neighbor asked me recently about my work in the Church and after I described it, he said, “That sounds awful.”
Not to me. It’s really fun.