Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. [Galatians 6:4-5 (NLT)]
There is an old parable about a small sparrow, lying flat on his back in the middle of the road with his little feet raised in the air. An elephant comes by and asks him what he is doing. “I’m holding up the sky,” is the small bird’s response. ”Hah,” scoffs the elephant, “What good can you possibly do with those skinny weak legs?” The tiny bird replies, “Well, one does what one can. One does what one can!”
Consider the effect a young shepherd named David had, not just on a giant and an army of Philistines, but on a whole nation. Reflect on the impact of a boy’s small offering of loaves and fish, of a peasant girl who led the French army to victory at Orléans, or of a tired woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus. Think about the influence of a mediocre Indian lawyer who introduced the concept of nonviolent protest, of a convert to Christianity who spread the gospel by writing letters while imprisoned, of a black minister who had a dream, or the effect of an Albanian nun who saw a need in the streets of Calcutta. These were people who simply did what they could. What is God asking of me today? What is he asking of you? Is there just one life that could be made better by something we do today? After all, one does what one can!
God does not demand that we do great things, only little things with great love. [Mother Teresa]