From Ragman (and other cries of faith) by Walt Wangerin, Jr.

 hands shaking

You say: “But how can I serve the Lord?  I’m not important.  What I do is so common and of little consequence.  Anyone can do what I do.”

But I say to you: “Every time you meet another human being you have the opportunity.  It’s a chance at holiness.  For you will do one of two things, then.  Either you will build him up, or you will tear him down.  Either you will acknowledge that he is, or you will make him sorry that he is- sorry, at least, that he is there, in front of you.  You will create, or you will destroy.  And the things you dignify or deny are God’s own property.  They are made, each one of them, in his own image.”

And I say to you:  “There are no useless, minor meetings.  There are no dead-end jobs.  There are no pointless lives.  Swallow your sorrows, forget your grievances and all the hurt your poor life has sustained.  Turn your face truly to the human before you and let her, for one pure moment, shine.  Think her important, and then she will suspect that she is fashioned of God.”

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