Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.
If you spend much time with artists/art teachers, you will notice something about their hands. They always seem to have evidence of their work. I personally do not reserve it for my hands only(unfortunately). My shirts, pants, shoes, face, hair, arms...all tell the story of my work. A good artist or art teacher is so involved with what they are doing, that they often do not notice such things. It is not a priority. Their priority is doing what their heart aches to do...what they were created to do. It is evident all over them!
God has called each of us into "ministry" if you have accepted the Lord as your Savior. You know that, right?!? Your ministry may not look like the pastor's, overseas missionary, or Sunday school teacher. Maybe your ministry is being a mom, cashier, or an art teacher. However, in all we do...it should be for the Lord. And if we are working for the Lord...it should be with all of our heart, mind, and might. People will begin noticing when you serve the Lord with all that you are. Not because you are proclaiming your awesomeness & deeds, but because living a life for the Lord shows on you like an artist's hands. Your words, work, attitude, and priorities all start looking like they have Jesus all over them!
How about you? Does your life have Jesus all over it? If you feel like people may not be seeing Jesus in you...in all areas of your life, THAT'S OK!! We aren't perfect, and no one has "arrived". Each day we have a chance to do better than the day before. We learn from our mistakes, and we give those areas of our life over to God. Ask Him to help you see your WHOLE life as MINISTRY! Try to do all things for God....work, home, friends, play..etc. When we do this...we are like the hands of an artist, you can't help but see the evidence of their hearts passion.
Dear Jesus, May I have messy hands for you.
My heart is to serve you in all things....not just "churchy" things. My life is one of ministry, and I desire to know you and make you know. Lord, may they see You in me as I live this life you have blessed me with. May I never lose site of this.
In Christ Jesus,