I've been reading lately about Martin Luther King, Jr. There's so much that could be said, so much that I've learned. His words and his life have been inspiring me, and even more so, convicting me. It's a gift to be able to continue to learn from him.
This morning, though, I want to share with you a lovely quote of his about work. If you've been around for a while, you know that I think our work is valuable. Your work does not have to be explicitly Christian to be important, though the everyday excellence and faithfulness of Christians in the workplace often goes under-celebrated. We've been celebrating some of those stories here in the Everyday Disciple series (there will be more coming!).
MLK has this to say:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a 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 street sweeper who did his job well.'
"No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Wherever you are, whatever you're doing today, my friend, your work is not insignificant. Are you sitting at your desk, unread emails blinking on the computer screen, to-be-addressed papers piled on either side? Are you sneaking a break between diapers that need changing, snacks that need preparing, little faces and little hands that need wiping? Are you grading papers? Caring for a spouse? Running computer code? Mopping the floor? Your diligence there is seen by your Father in Heaven, and it brings Him glory. Go "sweep streets" like Michelangelo.