“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
My first big mission trip was to Juarez, Mexico. Not knowing what to expect before I got there I imagined my experience to be one of great purpose. After we got there our team was told we would be cleaning up a local park that was run by a drug gang. I quietly accepted my assigned job but I was secretly telling God I thought I would be doing something more important than picking up trash in a park. A park owned and controlled by local gang leaders–no less. We were also warned of the high danger factor.
Thankfully in the midst of our cleaning project God reminded me of this quote by Mother Teresa so praise the Lord I was able to know I was doing work for our Heavenly Father–even if it was raking a park or picking up drug needles.
So many times I have taken on projects with the intent that I would be doing an important job for God. My vision of these projects is not always God’s vision. There have also been times in my own life that I feel like the one picking up everyone else’s trash and not seeing justice.
God has a plan for you! Granted this plan will most likely not be sent to your phone in a text message describing it’s high importance. Instead your job, your purpose, may be picking up trash simply because you were asked to.
I am sure Jesus did not envision it the best assignment as he lovingly sat at the feet of his disciples. Washing each foot with tenderness and love as he took the position of the lowest of the lowest in order to serve them with love.
So my question to you is how has love shown you your purpose in life?