Over the last several years the term has become Administrative Assistant. It's a bigger word, and it definitely describes the position better because you and I know that many offices can barely function without the Administrative Assistant. I just learned today that a woman (who is so much more than a secretary, or administrative assistant, or any other description you could give her), that I admire very much has been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. It apparently has spread to her liver and lungs. As we all who know her pray big prayers to an even bigger God, my thoughts are spinning in regards to this amazing woman who I've known less than five years.
Her name is Sharon Bridgewater and she quietly and unobtrusively gets things done. She would never dream of usurping any authority over her especially God's. She is one of the most godly, humble, selfless women I have ever known. She will do anything for you and will go out of her way to serve you before herself. She needs us right now, needs our prayers, needs our encouragement, needs our love, needs our selfless service, and trust me when I say, that if the roles were reversed she would be the first to do all of these things and many more for you or I.
Every day when I go in the office I just know she will be there and I'm ashamed to admit that sometimes I take her for granted. It's not that I mean to, it's just that she never seems to show any weakness. Even while she has undergone test after test, she would repeatedly call in and apologize profusely that she couldn't make it in, as if she were inconveniencing us all. That is the kind of spirit that is seen throughout Scripture in Godly women. A more steadfast woman, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend would be difficult to find. Sharon, if you get a chance to read this please know that we all love you and are praying for you.
In Christian Love, Lance