“When we look back at our life’s journey, rarely is it made of sonic booms, national parades thrown in our honor, or highways named for us for all our fantastic accomplishments…it is simply made up of small pieces of bread crumbs we toss on the path to feed the birds that happened to be there that day. Who knows how many birds would have died had we not left our crumbs” Laura
Life seems to be made up of an insignificant string of events throughout the day that get globbed together to make “a day”. If we to try to recall the details, for instance, of last Tuesday, we may be able to remember what we ate, or that we went to work. We may even remember Tuesday was the day we made brownies for a class party, but rarely could we remember every single detail of that day.
Yet, this is the stuff that comprises our life– tiny moments, little words, gestures, random acts, movements, and deeds.
I think that we often equate the “value” of our life with the value we place on those small acts. When would you ever read in the headlines, “Mom makes meatloaf for dinner” or “Susan picks up her dry cleaning”, “Sarah takes kids to school”…story at eleven. Not much that each of us accomplish in a single day would ever make the news.
The same is true with our view of ministry. If we are not the next Beth Moore, Mandisa, John Piper, or even our local pastor, we think what we do may be rather unimportant. While there are some people in life that have more exposure, it does not mean they have more significance. It just means more people are watching what they do.
Every act, each word, smile, look and thought has the ability to affect life and thus to “minister”. Consider this scenario: You went to pick up your dry cleaning and while you waited, you chatted with the person at the counter. You notice they seem distressed and you tell them something uplifting…maybe smile and compliment how great their hair looked. You tell them you are “so glad they are there because they do a great job on your clothes”. You leave and never think twice how you affected that person.
What you may not know is the last customer yelled at them for being too stupid to give proper change. Maybe they were thinking of quitting their job. Then you come along…and their day has sunshine in it again.
That, girlfriend, is what ministry is all about. No title, no fanfare, no headlines…It is the small, itty-bitty glass of water we give out… consistently… day after day to those who cross our paths. This is the “breadcrumbs” we offer to the birds so they will have food to keep them alive.
Every moment of every day is a ministry opportunity for kindness that has huge value in the big picture. It keeps spirits alive. It tells people that they are loved and special. If you want to make the headlines…if that is what you think will make your life valuable…don’t pick up your kids today from school. You will probably be on the six o’clock news lickity split. Keep tossing crumbs- lives depend on it and God blesses it.
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