A Future Not Our Own

It helps now and then to step back and take the long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is 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 set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about:

We plant 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 beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation

in realizing that. This enables us to do something and to do it very well.

It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way,

an opportunity for God's grace to do the rest.

We may never see the end results.

We are prophets of a future not our own.

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