Tuesday, May 08, 2007

    Words of Wisdom

    Our church staff meets each Monday from 10:30-12:00. We begin our time together with thirty minutes of prayer and devotion. Yesterday, these words, from the murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero (of El Salvador) were passed out at the end. I find them particular fitting for youth ministry:

    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 God’s 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 program accomplishes the church’s mission.
    No set of goals and objectives includes 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 effects far beyond our capabilities.
    We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that.
    This enables us to do something, and do it very well.
    It may be incomplete, a step along the way,
    an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.
    We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
    between a master builder and the worker.
    We are workers, not master builders, ministers, not messiahs.
    We are prophets of a future not our own.