She smiled up at me from under her broad-brimmed hat. “Nice day.”
“You’re making it a lot nicer,” I said and stopped to compliment her bed of roses and perennials.
“Just doing my part,” she said and I walked on.
Many people live in plots on the planet that no one would choose, if choices existed. If everyone “did their part” to decorate their space, as this woman is, it would transform many ugly corners, places that tell the world by their neglect, that sad, uncaring, discouraged or slothful people live there.
It’s easy to sink into our surroundings and take the attitude that if no one else cares, why should I? This woman could’ve easily spent her days in resentment but she decided to plant a flower garden instead. She, and people like her, are my heroes. When I get discouraged, I think of them, diligently tilling the earth, or doing some other worthwhile project.
Through them I hear God speak to me – “Be faithful to do your part.”