Oddity Central reports:
Benedict Jebakumar is a man on a mission. Ever since 2012 he has dedicated his free time to sweeping Bangalore’s Outer Ring Road of metal nails deliberately put there by nearby tire puncture shops to boost their profits ... It all started when Benedict Jebakumar realized that he would often have to deal with a punctured car tire when taking the Outer Ring Road from his home in Banashankari to his office, or vice-versa. He didn’t think much of it at first, but then he noticed the many tire repair shops lining the roads, most of which were often busy fixing the tires of seemingly unlucky motorists.
It didn’t take long for him to figure out that whenever he got a flat tire it would always be because of metal nails conveniently located close to one of these puncture repair shops. He went to the local authorities to report his findings and ask them to take action, but they didn’t seem too eager to help. That’s when he decided it was up to him to keep the roads clean for himself and other drivers.
... At first he would pick them up by hand, but soon realized that it was a very time consuming and ineffective method, so he built a tool to help him on his cleaning runs. He took one of his broken fishing rods and modified it by attaching magnets to one end and making it foldable.
... Benedict leaves his home at around 7 in the morning, and stops by specific points on the Outer Ring Road, making sure they are nail-free. He does the same thing on his way back from work, because many times the miscreants running puncture repair shops will spread a new batch of nails right after he leaves. On some days, he collects so many metal nails that he fills his bags and has to return with more to finish the job. For example, on March 21st, 2016, he collected a whopping 1,654 nails off the road. He keeps all the nails he has picked up since 2012, and claims that his collection now weighs over 50 kilograms.
... Until the nail problem is solved by the city, Jebakumar plans to keep taking care of things himself, as best he can. “I will continue as I am helping many people,” he says.
... Interestingly enough, in 2015, when asked by The News Minute has a passerby ever stopped to ask him what he was doing with a broken fishing [pole] on the Outer Ring Road, Jebakumar realized that in three years, nobody had ever approached him about it. “It is such a fast-paced world that nobody has even observed that there is a man wandering about a busy main road in search of something. They have not even noticed that these nails are potential threats to their vehicles,” he said.
While evil is busy planting nails, we need to be busy finding our fishing poles!
God doesn’t leave us here without a purpose. He places His love in our hearts and then He sets us loose in a world of needs. The problem is that most of what really helps other people isn’t superhero stuff. But because there is little recognition in such humble service, we drive right by the nails on the road, holding out for a more glamorous mission.
What is the humble need you could do something about right now? Do you hesitate to meet this need because it doesn’t seem important enough? If it’s really God you seek to serve, it shouldn’t matter if people notice what you’re doing. Even if no one stops to ask you what we’re doing, pleasing Him should be enough.
Jesus said, "The greatest among you will be your servant" (Matthew 23:11).