Is Driving School Buses Kingdom Business?

Bethany Jenkins | April 7, 2015


Margaret Lacey has been driving school buses in northern Alabama for almost 20 years. For 8 years, she had the same 40-minute, 12-stop route with 65 children. “We have a good school system,” she says, “but I had the roughest route—a lot of latch-key kids without much discipline at home.”

She now drives a bus for children with special needs. Her new route takes twice as long, even though she only picks up 5 kids. “We do door-to-door pick ups and sometimes have to use ramps or lifts,” she explains.

Margaret’s work doesn’t seem to matter much to the world or the church. It isn’t powerful, strategic, or lucrative. She’ll probably never run for political office, speak at a national conference, or underwrite a church’s capital campaign. “I know being a bus driver isn’t glamorous,” she admits.

When we say that all work matters, do we really mean all work—even driving school buses? Is that really kingdom business?

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