Even the Dullest Work Can Be Done Unto the Lord

Bethany Jenkins | August 5, 2015

Editors' note: The new FirstJobs column asks TGC Council Members about their early experiences with work. Interviews are condensed.

John Yates is the Rector of Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, Virginia. He is married to Susan, and they have five adult children and 21 grandchildren.

What was your first job?

When I was just 11 years old, I worked in the stock room at Belk in Asheboro, North Carolina, where my dad was manager. Dad wanted me to have a healthy work ethic, but since I was too young to work legally, he’d pay me $0.40/hour out of his pocket. I’d put boxes together, carry clothes to seamstresses, and run errands to get soft drinks.

Was that ever frustrating and boring?

I’d be given the most dull and seemingly unimportant tasks to do on my own and out of everyone’s sight. Although I was told that my work was important, that was hard to believe. I learned, though, to work with integrity even if something seemed unimportant or unnoticed. Even the dullest work can be done as unto the Lord (Col. 3:23).

Is that ever true about your work as a pastor?

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