I’m off for a week to our Staff conference, I have a stack of 50p’s for the pool table and am surprised at the amount of positive thoughts in my brain about the week ahead. Looking forward to catching up with friends and eating lots of lovely food. Here’s something to ponder before I return.
It helps now and then to step back and take the long view the kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is Gods work, Nothing we do is complete which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said, no prayer fully expresses our faith, no confession brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness, no programme accomplishes the churches mission, no set of goals and objectives include everything, this is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effect far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something and to do it well. It maybe incomplete but it is a beginning. A step along the way. A opportunity for the Lords grace to enter in and do the rest. We may never see the end results. But that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are the workers not the master builder. Ministers not Messiahs. We are the prophets of a future not our own. Amen. (Oscar Romero)