Faithfulness to a small task
“We are not called to save the world, solve all problems, and help all people. But we each have our own unique call, in our families, in our work, in our world…we will discover that our faithfulness to a small task is the most healing response to the illnesses of our time.” — Henri Nouwen
The lighthouse keepers of former days toiled in isolation, mostly without recognition, to save countless lives. In a similar way, we are surrounded by people whose unsung diligence contributes to the common good in ways never measured or fully known. People such as Henri Nouwen exemplify the power of obedience to a humble calling.
Because our younger son has multiple disabilities, I have become familiar with the work of L’Arche, with which Nouwen was associated. To tour a L’Arche home is to experience a renewed hope for the future of people with disabilities, and an increased faith in humanity that blooms in such communities of caring and support.
As we go about our daily responsibilities, it’s easy to lose sight of the many people who depend on our steadfast faithfulness. I hope you will be refreshed today by the understanding that your work need not be glamorous or lucrative to have genuine and lasting value.