Happiness is a gift.

The Street Sweeper

Martin Luther King Jr. once said:

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music…

Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say:

Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.”

I love that quote because it shows the importance of small tasks. Street Sweeping is not a highly desired job(and is not very common). You could compare it to a garbage man or a janitor…it’s not something you wanna be when you grow up. But this quote says even though your job seems insignificant, do it to the best of your ability. And that goes for anything … writing papers, taking out trash, cleaning bathrooms, etc.

For all those street sweepers out there (yes, I am one); whatever you do, do it as you would for a king. Do it for the glory of God … so that when people look at the work you put into small jobs, they will see the difference that God makes in even small things.

So remember that whatever small task you have, do it like Michelangelo painted pictures … like Beethoven composed music … like Shakespeare wrote poetry …

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31


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