Servants' Hearts and "Obituary for Someone Else"
As the choir finished their opening song, I looked up at the lights and thought of the man who fixed them just a few days earlier. When we gathered for our congregational meal, I pictured the women who had prepared the fresh coffee and arranged the tables and welcoming decor. After our gathering, I saw that the trash had been emptied and the floor swept clean for our next meeting.
I’m grateful for each servant with whom the Lord has blessed our church. As we work together, we live out His desire that we present ourselves as “a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God...” (Romans 12:1b)
We’ve had a busy Spring. All of our wonderful servants’ hearts remind me of an illustration I once read and how grateful we should be that things don’t always fall on “Someone Else.” Here is the story in its entirety. Keep up the good work! Let us never grow weary in doing good! (Galatians 6:9)
Obituary for Someone Else
Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.
Someone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list, "Let Someone Else do it."
Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; "Someone Else can work with that group."
Someone Else was among the most generous givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.
Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?
When you are asked to help this year, remember -- we can't depend on Someone Else anymore.