What You Do is Insignificant – Do It Anyway!

We saw “The Blind Side” this past weekend, and I would encourage everyone to see that movie. At one point in the movie they mentioned the following quote from Gandhi:

“Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

How true.

Over the last few years I’ve thought a lot about what my life means, about whether I’m making a positive impact in the world, about … will it really matter that I lived?

My life is meaningless in and of itself. From dust I was formed, and to dust I shall return. Then my dust will be added to the dust of everyone else who has ever lived, and there will be more dust.

You see, it’s not about my life or your life, and it’s not about what you or I have done, can do now, or will ever do … it’s all about a higher purpose that is at work through all of us.

We say “my life” because we need word symbols to make meaning out of our existence, but the life we live is not our own, it is a gift that is given moment by moment.

And that is why we … do it anyway. Anything you do, or I do, is insignificant in and of itself, but we give and we share and we love and we care … and we work and we play and we help and we pray … because we are all part of God’s gift of life.

And the more selflessly we do anything, the more likely that it is God who is at work through us … however insignificant our doing and being might seem.