I walked out the back door leading to my back porch and glanced up at our light fixture. It appeared my porch light had somehow sprung a mullet. Looking closer, it was a bird’s nest unlike any nest I had ever seen. Surrounding the nest that housed three tiny eggs were cascading wisps of twigs, making my porch light look as if was all business in the front and party in the back.
I was in awe.
This was not a typical nest. This robin had some serious creativity. I’m certain she must have checked out Pinterest to get decorating ideas.
I named my feathered friend Molly, after Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink and her redesigning skills.
Molly took this ordinary job of nest-building and made it something fantastic.
Molly taught me two lessons that day —
First: there are times when I must do jobs that can somehow seem boring. Making the dinner, teaching the class, working in the nursery. But these are perfect opportunities for me to bring what I have to every assignment God has given me.
That dinner I’m making can be ho-hum, or I can try something awesome for the people I love. The class I’m teaching can be something I skim over the day before, or I can look for ways to make this one stand out and get the attention of the people I am entrusted to instruct. The church nursery can be a time where I keep children alive for an hour, or it can be a time when I’m all in, playing, making sure these kids know they are loved in this building.
The second lesson Molly taught me is that my nest might not look like everyone else’s – and it’s not supposed to.
When God sends an assignment my way, I often compare myself with anyone else who has ever done this job. Will it be as good? Can I measure up? Maybe I shouldn’t even try.
It’s not how Molly did it. I’m certain Molly didn’t compare her nest to those around her. She did her thing with what she had and it rocked. She used what she had and put her heart and soul into it, making it a beautiful thing.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)
We are supposed to do our job, and to remember we aren’t doing it to please people. We are doing it for God, and doing it with the gifts He has given us. We aren’t going to wimp out and take the easy way just to get it done. We are going to rock it.
The next assignment you have, join me in deciding now that we are not going to compare ourselves to anyone else. We are giving it our all, and giving God all the praise.