Chronicles of the Librarian, Episode 6

Episode #6

You may be short of stature and not very prominent, but never underestimate what can be done when you just make yourself available.

As I rolled up my sleeves to begin my exhausting work as the “Chief Librarian” (on Thursday nights), students were abuzz around me, trying to finish up their assignments for the evening before heading to class. There was a question, a book needed, and a little fine-tuning for an assignment, but nothing that signaled the need to call the “Real” Librarian. The pleasure of helping others brings so much satisfaction and reward.

Although, I was genuinely rewarded in a way I never would have imagined. As the students filed out of the Library at the sound of the bell, a student comes up to my desk and extends his arm for a “fist bump”: The new way to “High Five!” Are you kidding? I got “fist-bumped” tonight!

Moral of the Story: Helping others is extremely rewarding! 

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23).

In 2014, I finally earned my associate degree in Bible after a 30-year absence from college life. During this auspicious interval of my life, I had the privilege of helping in the college library. And it was there, at Carolina College of Biblical Studies in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that I was motivated to write, and did in fact write my “Episodes in the Library!”


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