Are you a sump pump Christian?

Recently, some people in Wisconsin where I live were considering building an ark because the rain felt like it was never going to end. At my house, we received 13 inches of rain in 17 days. Trees fell on cars and homes, farmers couldn’t get into the fields, and people lost so much to flooding. Churches weren’t spared either, and members scrambled to find new locations to hold worship.

To add insult to injury, the mosquitoes (that have usually tapered off a bit) reinvaded. During all of this, my neighbor sent a text and asked if we were still dry. I replied that we were—because our sump pumps were champs!

Our two sump pumps have been working constantly to make sure that our basement doesn’t fill up with water. In many homes, people wake up in the middle of the night when there are storms to check on their sump pumps. Those little devices save residents a whole lot of money and a whole lot of work, simply by doing their job without recognition. 

What does this have to do with a blog about faith? Well, maybe I’m stretching things a bit, but I think there are some lessons to be learned from sump pumps.

  1. Work like a sump pump. It’s easy to want recognition, right? After all, if we don’t post it on Instagram or Facebook, it didn’t happen. Yet Jesus tells us to be careful not to practice righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. Yes, the way we serve others will be seen, but that’s not why we do it. We serve simply because God commanded us to, because it’s our job—whether we get any acknowledgment or not. So love people, live your faith, serve others consistently and constantly.
  2. Recognize others who work like sump pumps. We have so many people who work like sump pumps in our churches and in our communities. These are the people who keep working to keep things moving smoothly. The crossing guards at schools. The woman who always has soup ready to share with you, just to remind you that you were thought about and cared for. Maybe it’s the shut-in who can’t leave the house but offers to fold the bulletins for your worship service. Or it’s the retiree who offers to be a handyman for a single mom. None of them make the news, but all of them are vital. 

Today is your day to see these small acts of kindness and praise your Father in heaven. 

The sump pumps really are the champs!


Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who believes basements are magical places where Legos can be stored and kids can be sent when they are rambunctious. She lived for years in many states where basements aren’t common, and it made her sad.


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