Street Sweepers, Baristas and Car Salesmen

Posted on March 4, 2009

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I have been thinking a lot lately about a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven will pause to say, ‘There lived a great street sweeper who did his job well’.

I think about the things that I put my hands to every week. I believe that God has truly opened a door for me to be a barista at Caribou Coffee. If that’s the case, I believe that my goal should be to do my job as a barista “as Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.” I think about this as customers come in and out every day. I think about this as I prepare drinks, clean toilets, mop the floors and interact with our amazing staff.

I think about my calling to Hope Church. I believe that I should work with clear vision, direction, creativity, passion and compassion so that “all the host of heaven will pause to say, ‘There lived a great pastor who did his job well.” I think about this when working on music, editing our website, meeting with people, preparing a sermon and creative thinking about the future of Hope.

It doesn’t matter what jobs we put our hands to every week. What matters is that we put our all into our jobs. That we take pride in what God has blessed us with the ability to do week in and week out. Street sweeper, barista, pastor, lawyer, car salesman, executive, etc. It’s all the same in God’s eyes.

Do your best and let your work reflect your character.

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