“Just because what you do is invisible, doesn’t mean it’s not important.” ~ Craig Groeschel
In the neighborhood where I live, we have an anonymous artist who paints ordinary, every day rocks and leaves them all about the subdivision. This artist uses the shapes and size of the rocks and even the cracks and imperfections to create funny, heartwarming and beautiful pieces of art. They’ve managed to create fun and memorable art out of something insignificant and commonplace.
The painted rocks can be found in the most unremarkable locations; the crook of a tree or a woodpecker’s knot hole. A fire hydrant or a park bench; a neighbor’s landscaping boulder or yard ornament. Some of the rocks have inspirational words: Choose Joy! God Rocks! Or Smile, life is short! Some are painted like animals. Some have intricate designs and patterns. Just a few weeks ago, a perfect little lady bug was discovered in my front flower bed where it now joins a smiling Ninja turtle that appeared more than a year ago.
This random artistry provides many smiles and much joy around our circle of neighbors. The daily dog walk brings with it a new excitement as we search out these hidden gems. These little touches of colorful whimsy may not seem like much to some, but I believe this artist is using a God-given talent as a ministry to bless others. Using our gifts and talents to encourage others is something we should all aspire to.
At times, we may feel as though our contributions to our family, our jobs, our church or small group may go unnoticed. Our random touches or invisible acts may seem like nothing in the grand scheme of life. The little things we do certainly aren’t a real ministry. Or are they?
Few of us are called to a worldwide pulpit ministry or a wide-reaching teaching or music ministry. What we are called to do is to use whatever gifts God has given us, no matter how big or small our gift may seem.
That will look differently for each of us. It may mean taking a meal to a sick friend or helping a neighbor move. Something as simple as sending an email or text to let someone know we are thinking of them, or praying for them. It could be a million other little things that display kindness. Nothing is off limits as long as we model Jesus and act as His hands and feet.
We may not all be artistically gifted to paint inspirational rocks – but we can all spread kindness. In God’s Kingdom – even the little things count. Never underestimate simple acts of obedience or random acts of kindness.
Spread joy. Share love … Because God rocks!
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 (NLT)