"If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well." -Martin Luther King Jr.
While in India last summer the Lipscomb team and I put on a play at the school the children at Asha Mission go to. We reenacted the parable of The Good Samaritan, but we switched the title to The Good American. I played the part of the man walking to Jerusalem who has been injured on the side of the road.
Anyway, this photo (taken by the talented Eliza Eubanks) shows me sitting on stage while one of the women who works at the school was sweeping up the corner of the stage. I actually don't remember her being up there on stage with us at all. but there she is. Just as important as the team and I thought it was for us to be on stage telling this parable to the hundreds of kids at this school, it was important for her- this humble woman- to be on stage alongside with us doing her own job.
There is nothing too big or too small to be done for the Kingdom of God. In many ways we are called to do good will towards others. Whether or not you spend your days as a cashier at a fast food restaurant, as a nurse, as an electrician, as a teacher, as a soldier, an artist... do your job with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. Walk with the humbleness of a streetsweeper but with the confidence of a child of God.
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." -Matthew 5:16
Embrace all strangers with open-mindedness and understanding, because we really do not know what it is like to be anyone but ourselves.
"Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise."