My ears perked up recently when I heard a preacher quote Martin Luther King. Dr. King spoke of the need, not only for great leaders, but people who did ordinary jobs in extraordinary ways.
“If you are called to be a street sweeper,” King had exhorted in his deep challenging voice, “sweep streets even as Michelangelo
painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
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.’”
Let’s admit it, most of us do our best when someone else watches. We’re really in form when we’re doing something “important.”
But fulfillment in life comes when you do things excellently, even when no one else pays attention. Because honestly, SOMEONE pays attention. He watches the street sweeper sweep, just like He watches the president preside. If you take pride in your work, you feel good about it when you’ve finished. It’s great when others notice, but if they don’t it’s still good, because you know, and HE knows.
Take a look at your life. Are you trying to be excellent in all areas, or are you just getting by, doing enough but not really
putting you heart in it? Do you work for an excellent marriage or are you settling for mediocrity? Do your co-workers see you striving for excellence, even when the boss isn’t looking and the job is small and insignificant?
What can you do to move towards excellence? Are you doing your job superbly, or are you just getting by?”
Are you an excellent street sweeper…?
And that’s something you can hang your hat on.
~by David Porter~