Administrative Assistant

Staff Series: Beauty in the Blah

Hi everyone! Hmmm, that didn’t sound too Southern of me. Let’s try this again.

Hey y’all!

There, that’s better.

Let me introduce myself. I’m Mackenzie Hurt, the Administrative Assistant here at Choices Clinic. I like to think of myself as a small-town-Southerner-in-training. I’m a Virginia native who moved to Southern Mississippi for my husband’s work a year ago. Since then, I’ve become integrated in the downtown Laurel community, and found myself volunteering at Choices Clinic as a client advocate. Before long, the position for Administrative Assistant became available, and I eagerly accepted the job.

Our latest endeavor here at Choices is to blog on our supporter site to key you in on what happens here at Choices. And it just so happens I was chosen to kick off this “staff series” of blog posts. Heavens knows why!? Kidding, blogging is one of my favorite pastimes. Here at Choices, we want to share life’s happenings with you – whether that’s a client testimony, an event Choices is involved in, or a lesson learned through the everyday tasks at the office. There is beauty to be found in the good, the bad, and the blah.

As of late, I’ve been thinking about how God has gifted us each differently. When you work at a non-profit, no matter what your “title” is, you have the privilege of wearing all sorts of different hats. For instance, I’m the Administrative Assistant. That means I answer phones, reply to e-mails, make more spreadsheets than I care to admit, and do my best to keep the office in order. But I’ve also had the opportunity to teach at Laurel’s local public high school on boundaries and self-care, build relationships with clients at our Empowerment series, and interact with local college students at JCJC dorm meetings.

At times, these different roles feel exciting and important. Teaching at a high school is a prime example. I was fearful of public speaking, but given the significance and timeliness of the topic of boundaries and self-care, I pushed past my fear and shared my experiences and life lessons with Laurel’s high school students. But at other times, some of the tasks can feel mundane, and, to be brutally honest, insignificant. Shredding paper? Taking out the trash? Ordering more envelopes?

I’m here to tell you something: all work is God’s work. God gave us gifts in order to create, and we are made in His image, the greatest Creator of all time! It’s our joy to create as we live out our callings. In his book Every Good Endeavor, Timothy Keller states “work of all kinds, whether with the hands or the mind, evidences our dignity as human beings – because it reflects the image of God the Creator in us” (48). Though our gifts and talents and creations may look different, they all play a role and matter in God’s kingdom.

So whether I’m entering data on a spreadsheet or meeting with a woman who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, I am encouraged by the truth that it is all kingdom work and brings glory to God.