When I started homeschooling in 1999, I read a lot of books to help to prepare me. In one of these books, I found a great little story that taught me a little bit about perspective and attitude. Here is a condensed and paraphrased version:
A man noticed two other men digging in the ground. Both were very hard at work, at opposite sides from each other. The first man went up to one of the workers and asked, “What are you doing?”
The worker threw his shovel down in disgust and answered angrily, “What do you think I’m doing? I’m digging a ditch, you moron!”
The first man left and went to see what the other worker was up to. “What are you doing?” he asked the second worker.
The worker smiled a smile so bright that it nearly rivaled the sun. “Mister,” he said with humility and honor, “I’m building a cathedral to God!”
Technically, both men were doing the same exact job, but what a great difference in their attitudes! How often do we act like we are merely digging a dirty ditch when God sees our work as equal to building an ornate cathedral? When done for His purpose and glory, all things are beautiful in His eyes. Not all of us are called to be Francis Chan or Joyce Meyer. Some of us are called to somewhat “smaller” tasks, as far as being visible to the general public, such as being a stay-at-home mom, singing in the choir, working as an usher, etc. But remember, without digging a ditch, you can’t lay the foundation and the whole structure will be compromised. Each task assigned to us, even if it doesn’t seem like a big deal to us, has an important part in the Body of Christ. All parts are connected and necessary to keep us strengthened. One missing part puts everything else at risk.
We are called to do various things. Me? I am called to be a small light in an equally small sphere of influence in all the roles of my life. Does anything I do make a difference? Maybe. Maybe not. I just know that if I ignore that little voice inside of me that guides me to different types of opportunities, I will never have any peace.
People may look at what I do as “ditch digging” and that’s OK. I am blessed to be part of the team that is helping to prepare the ground for the foundation of the cathedral. I hope the Lord will be pleased with my efforts and I am grateful He has found me worthy for such a task as this.