People are watching you. You know this. You have felt it instinctively.
They watch you more closely than most because they want to know how you will respond when an angry parent vents at you. They want to know that you will handle it with mature decorum.
They watch your attitude toward your pastor, even when he or she might give you an assignment that has absolutely nothing to do with your primary responsibilities. They want to know that you are a team player.
They watch you when a child throws a tantrum and become physically abusive. They want to know you will still show kindness to that child and work to keep her safe.
They watch you when you are in the movie rental store, even when you don’t think you are being observed. They want to know that you are conducting yourself honorably.
They watch you drive through town. They want to know if you feel the laws of the land apply to you as well.
They watch you when one of your loved ones dies. They want to know if you will allow the community to help you grieve.
They watch you when the Youth Pastor receives accolades for accomplishments. They want to know if you support the work of the Youth Pastor.
They watch you when you make a mistake. They want to know how you will respond to adversity. They want an example which will point out to them how Jesus would respond.
They watch you when one or more volunteers quits suddenly. They want to know that hope will prevail over discouragement in your attitude.
People are watching you. You know this. You have felt it instinctively. And while it may feel Orwellian, it is part of the reality of public ministry. A higher accountability is expected due to the substantial influence granted as ministers of the Gospel. So life is kind of like a fishbowl. Maybe that isn’t such a bad thing, if we think of it in terms of the heightened accountability it provides for us as we conduct ourselves privately and publicly.
People are watching you and me. They just want to know that the people who are influencing their children are living lives worthy of the calling given them by Jesus Christ. So as you live your life, smile and wave. Treat it like a parade and give glory to the Lord.