Yesterday we held our annual office party at the place where I work. The day was bitter sweet.

For the past 16 years I have had the privilege of working with a woman named Jane.

A few weeks ago Jane, who was born in 1938, announced that at the end of the year she would be retiring . . . for the second time.

The first time Jane retired was from the public school system where she spent decades making a difference in the lives of children. For the past 15 years Jane has taken it to a whole new level as a leader of family ministries in our church.

Jane has invested thousands of hours counseling children, organizing events, encouraging marriages and living a life of integrity as a model for her coworkers.

She has marked the lives of my wife and daughters, and challenged me to be an authentic leader.

As I consider these “12 Days of Christmas,” my favorite thing has been the people, and my favorite person has been Jane.

She truly is a reminder of what Christmas is about. The Christmas story describes the birth of Jesus Christ as follows: “She . . . will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, God with us.”

Jane truly has been a reminder that God is still “with us.”

Thank you sweet lady. I love you and I can’t wait to see what you do in your next career.





Who do you know that is a picture of “God with us?”

Author: Randy

Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.