St. Therese of Lisieux once said that she felt like a grain of sand compared to a tall, mighty mountain when she compared herself with the saints of the Church. She often lamented her smallness, fearing that because she could not do great things she would never become a saint. So she decided to focus on the little things she could do each and every day to better serve the Lord.
Now three years ago, when I was on staff, I felt the tangibility of my service for the five weeks. I developed personal relationships with campers and fellow staff members and felt as I was truly bringing those around me closer to God. But these past three years, as director, that service has felt less tangible and somehow less like a service. It had become a job.
With camp being my job rather than a volunteer position, the opportunities to serve seemed so small. There was little opportunity to spend time with campers, I rarely had one-on-one's with staff because they wanted to speak with me. But this summer was a different one. Maybe it is because I have the experience and wisdom to feel as if I am serving again. Or maybe it is my acceptance of the small things, rather than the large.
Our service does not have to large, it does not have to be great. It merely has to be service, whether counseling a group of fifteen campers or having a one-on-one to provide advice to a teen struggling with a high school problem, the task is important. Whether seen or unseen, recognized or unnoticed, what we do each and every day contributes to journey to sainthood. After all, on its own, one grain of sand is unremarkable, but the entire shoreline is beautiful to behold.