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We recently received an unexpected email addressed to our manager who is responsible for the ministry to the destitute and desperate. It read, “I don’t believe you know who I am, but I would just like to thank you and your team from the bottom of my heart for the noble task you undertook in cleaning the Liesbeek River. So many people easily complain, but only a few are willing to bend over and pick up the litter. I am quite sure that you only receive 1% of the praise that you deserve, but please know that there are in fact people who recognise and appreciate your work and who rejoice at it”.

I admit that picking up litter has become somewhat of a forte of everyone involved at Straatwerk. Projek Opruim teams are involved in this every day in various areas and the night outreach teams get involved amongst those enjoying the city’s nightlife, every Friday evening on the streets of Cape Town. As part of community awareness prayer, litter is picked up around schools on the Cape Flats while praying. (A significant group of women pray specifically for the school children affected by sexual abuse, prostitution and pornography as part of the Valuable to Jesus campaign.)

The well-known leadership guru, Jim Collins, once asked his mentor to describe success, to which his mentor replied: “Life is not about being successful, but about being useful”. Offering service and being of use to those around you is what life is about – and the Bible attests to this. “For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.” Eph. 2:10. Something is stirred when one takes practical action. One of the most quoted prayers one would find on fridge magnets or bible coversnowadays also affirms this: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” This prayer was written by Reinhold Niebuhr when he served as a young pastor in his first congregation in Detroit during the 1920s, in the time of the great depression in the USA.

Realism asks that we think smaller, more modest, but that we try and do what our hands find to do, within reach of our ability. Realism is the wisdom (asked for in this prayer) that does not become dejected, helpless and therefore stuck at inaction because of everything that cannot be done, but is willing to start on a small scale, step by step. This is the essence of Paul’s message in 1 Cor. 15:58 where he states that in light of the gospel, we should be abundant in all that we do, because our labour in service of the Lord is not in vain. That leaves no room for cynicism, because there is always something to do.

Greetings from Fourie and everyone at Straatwerk

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