Filled with self-doubt, I asked my friends if the work that I do is "necessary." I had been comparing my role as a teacher and trainer with others' roles of direct service among the urban poor. I admire -perhaps even idolize- their sacrificial lives. But I wanted to know that my part was also vital. Why give my life to nurture and sustain others in hard places if it isn't NECESSARY?
My friends... laughed out loud, ... and said ... "Since when is any of our work necessary? Your work is not necessary, but it is BEAUTIFUL. That is your gift."