The other day, my brother and I arrived at work (read more about my job here) and saw that one woman who works in the office had brought her little daughter. We’ve met the girl before, and she’s very cute! She didn’t want to talk to us, but we could hear her asking her mom questions about “the cleaning kids.”
“Where are the cleaning kids going now?”
Her mom said, “They have names – Aidan and Shae!”
It made us laugh. That is a lot of what our job consists of! We clean. Everything. We’ve done anything from power washing houses, to cleaning buses inside and out, to cleaning up after construction workers, to washing old cabinets, to keeping the bus garage neat, and much more. I can see why we are called “the cleaning kids.”
We also wondered if that was the little girl’s name for us or if it was everyone’s name for us. Hmmm… 😉
Well, we’ve got a reputation as cleaning kids. I certainly don’t mind! I only hope we are also known as hard, thorough workers. I always try to do my best at my work, no matter what I am asked to do. I also always try to be a cheerful, smiling face to everyone at the office and the bus garage. I look for opportunities to talk about God whenever the situation arises.
I don’t always succeed! Sometimes, jobs are just unpleasant. Sometimes, I don’t know what to say when Christians don’t act the way they should or when non-Christians curse. But overall, I hope my reputation is that of someone trying to do God’s will.
The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. – Proverbs 10:7
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. – Proverbs 22:1
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 (KJV)
What kind of reputation are you trying to build?
What kind of reputation do you think you have?