relay the past
My mother was never the one to shy away from assigning weekend chores. I typically had two or three things to do around the house. From as early as I can recall, dusting the tables, washing the dishes, and sweeping the floors were my assigned duties. In an attempt to find some joy in cleaning, I developed a strong affinity for sweeping. Maybe it had to do with the mechanics involved in using a broom, or the "QUICK" process of gathering dust, dirt, and particles to throw them into the trash. Whatever the reason, I simply loved sweeping.
Fast forward a few years. In 2006, I came to faith in Christ during the fall semester of my sophomore year in college. Jesus had transformed me, church was great, the community there was amazing, and I began serving as an usher. Looking back, it comes as no surprise that before anyone showed up, I was handed a broom by my Pastor at the first Tuesday night Bible Study where I began serving. Was it weird? Definitely. Did it make me think? Yeah. Was it humbling? FOR SURE! It reminds me of the words of Jesus in Matthew 23, "The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”. Sweeping the church floor, setting up chairs, laying out bibles when no one was around was more than a form of serving, it became the means by which God would develop the leader within me!
"Birthed by a Broom" is a phrase I often refer to when leadership development or pioneering start-ups come to mind. One can gather lots of mess, sweep an entire house, sweep an entire church, sweep an entire office building, sweep an entire staircase, and so on with a broom. One can make others feel welcomed, transform the atmosphere, eliminate allergens, set the stage for mopping, and waxing floors with a broom. More importantly, this can all be done for an audience of One (Jesus). Yet, while one can do lots with a broom, if allowed, it’s ultimately the broom that's doing more within (character, maturity, faithfulness, competence) the one who is using it.
Menial is often the tool that God uses to maximize our call and potential. How we steward the menial matters ultimately determine whether our potential remains unseen, untapped or revealed. I found out many years ago that brooms, floors, and showing up before everyone else was the means by which God wanted to reveal what truly matters. And who God wants to put on display are those who have the humility to be birthed by a broom. Who knows, maybe one day you could lead that great family, start that great church, or establish that innovative business. WELCOME TO UNSEEN MATTERS!