Great and Noble
Helen Keller said, "I have found that though the ways in which I can make
myself useful are few, yet the work open to me is endless... I long to
accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and joy to
accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.
I always had ambitions of doing great works. In fact, my mom always said, My
kids will be great at whatever they do. In turn, I always believed that I needed
to do something significant. Most of us have probably dreamed of having our
name in print or achieving stardom or arriving as a star athlete. But, to be
honest, the majority of the people are just ordinary people doing ordinary
jobs. The people that stand out are the ones that do their ordinary jobs with
excellence. The difference in ordinary and extraordinary is just that little
extra. It makes all the difference in the world. There are only a few
superstar positions open, but there are many ordinary positions where we
can perform extraordinarily.
The key, as Helen Keller says, is to treat those humble things as though they
were great and noble. When you give them the attention they deserve, then
and only then do you get to do a few great things. The good news is that
you'll be prepared because you did the small things first.
When artists transfer a drawing to a large surface, like a wall, they often
divide the painting into small blocks. Then they paint the blocks one at a
time. I may not be able to paint an entire wall to exact detail, but I could paint
a small block, then another, then another until eventually I have a huge
What little thing does God want us to do? No matter how small, we should
treat it with nobility and accomplish it with vigor.
[ Author Unknown -- contributed by Karl Forehand, via 'Daily Wisdom' ]
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