“…let your light shine before others…”
There had been no rain for many months. Like all the other gardens in the village, the widow’s garden withered in the sun. She limped to the door, bearing her weight on her good leg, and looked out at the desolation. Picking up her cane and a watering can, she hobbled out as far as she could go. Gingerly, she eased herself down on the ground. She sat and watered the plants around her. She lovingly removed spent blooms and weeded.
A neighbor walked by. “Widow,” she called, “You waste your time. Nothing can survive this drought.”
The widow just smiled.
Soon, another neighbor walked by. “Widow, what about the plants along your back fence?” she asked.
“I cannot reach them,” answered the widow, honestly.
Another neighbor walked by. “You can’t save your garden,” said the neighbor.
“I’m not trying to save the entire garden,” said the Widow. “I’m just doing what I can do.”
The next day, inspired by the the widow’s efforts, the neighbors went out into their gardens and did what they could do. They tended to a few of their plants.
This is how we change the world. We put our energy into that which we can do. We trust that we inspire others to do what they can do. We don’t waste our energy worrying about that which is beyond our reach. That, we leave to God.