It’s Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, and for the first time I am doing something I have eagerly anticipated for a long time. I am sitting in a Dirksen Senate Office Building food shop doing “office hours.”
No, not office hours like college professors keep because I’m not here grading, or judging, anybody. Rather, I will be spending a couple of hours a day several days each week simply working in one of the many places throughout the Capitol complex where folks refuel and refresh.
Why? Because I want to be available to talk to anybody the Lord sends my way. Emblazoned on the top of my Mac Air is this: “HillFaith. Been There. Done That. Let’s Talk.” As you can see here, this is one half of the heart of this ministry.
I spent four years early in my career working on the Hill, for two House members and a senator. It was a fantastic introduction to “this town” and how it works.
But one thing I didn’t learn until too late was that the nation’s capital — like all capitals of great and powerful nations down through history — is a place where the illusory attractions of power, influence, position and prestige can lead a young man or woman down some costly dead ends in life.
Thankfully, the time came when I did figure it out and the Lord blessed me with another chance, in marriage, career and purpose. Thus the “Been There. Done That. Let’s Talk.”
“I may well have some valuable experience and knowledge that might benefit you, help you to get off those dead end paths or even avoid them all together.”
If you work on the Hill or are here talking to staff or members, or you’re just visiting this wonderful complex, I may well have some valuable experience and knowledge that might benefit you, help you to get off those dead end paths or even avoid them all together.
So, if you see an older guy wearing a Press Credential working in a congressional coffee shop or restaurant on a Mac Air with “HillFaith. Been There. Done That. Let’s Talk,” don’t hesitate to interrupt. I love it when people do.