We are to serve the Lord by our works and our lives. We are to serve Him where He has placed us. Sometimes we are at the head and sometimes we are the ones chosen to clean up after the parade has passed. The crowds are gone and the accolades have gone to someone else and the mess is left for us to remove.
Have you ever noticed the mess after a parade has gone by? The wrappers from the candy, the flags that were waved are left behind and the banners have fallen to the ground. The floats have shed some of their confetti and we are the ones to restore order.
It can be frustrating to have to be the one to remove the leftovers but it also gives us the opportunity to serve in a unique way. Brother Lawrence wrote a book named "Practicing the Presence of God". His main theme was that no matter whether scrubbing the floor or doing the dishes or weeding the garden, what we do does make a difference to the world around us.
How we do the job speaks loudly to those who follow us. How we clean the church or do the bulletin or sing in the choir may not seem that important but think about if these jobs don't get done or get done poorly. We will notice quickly if the church pews are dusty or cluttered. We will sing the wrong songs if the bulletin is incorrect. We will show up for meetings the wrong day if the bulletin lists incorrect information.
No matter where we serve or what we do, do it as unto the Lord. He is, after all is said and done, our Boss. He is the one making the assignments and we will have an evaluation. I prefer to hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant", even if all I did was clean up the table after supper.