I used to serve as a lay youth and education minister, but now I teach people how to ride the bus for a government agency.
When I made the transition from a career in ministry into secular employment, I was sad and confused. No longer did every meeting begin and end with prayer. I had to alter my language since God-talk is inappropriate at a government agency.
But God is not absent. God’s grace abounds every day at the bus company, and I continue to live out the words of my confirmation verse (Matthew 28:19-20).
Seeing Jesus in the people I help is God’s grace to me, and I strive to reflect that grace to every passenger I meet. As Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40).
The message is an excerpt from “I teach people to ride the bus; God’s grace rides with us” by Kristine Luber in the April 2020 issue of Gather magazine.