Sweep Streets Until Angels Notice: Dr. King’s Advice on Work

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


How do you define excellence? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., defined it by giving this example. He said that if a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

That’s the excellence that we all search for in everything we do. It’s truly work dedicated to God.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge with this reminder: Any job or task done with excellence demonstrates the high calling of our daily work.

Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!"

(Rev. 19:5)

Editor's Note: You can read the entire speech What Is Your Life's Blueprint online at The Seattle Times.

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