As I sit in my office I am waiting a call from a furniture company. A few weeks ago we had a new sofa delivered but it got damaged as the delivery drivers carried it into the house. Each delivery man at that point blamed the other. Subsequently the delivery branch then blamed the order branch and no one wanted to take responsibility for sorting it out. Then came the repairer who did a temporary repair and ordered the replacement cover to be fitted.
When the new cover came it was the wrong material completely. And so began a new game of the mis-order being the fault of someone else …. The truth is …. all we want is the sofa sorted. So in my frustration I have just sent off an email to the CEO of the company …. mind you he will probably blame someone else!
All of this reminds me of the poem that was written about Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and Anybody. In case you have never heard it, it goes like this:
Once upon a time, there were four people.
Their names were Everybody, Somebody, Nobody and Anybody.
Whenever there was an important job to be done,
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
But Nobody realised that Nobody would do it.
So, consequently, Everybody blamed Somebody …
When Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place.
Anonymous of course
For me that just about sums up our furniture order. But it also saddens me that sometimes it’s also a too often true description of church. We firmly believe that we are called to be a part of one body, made up of many parts and each with different gifts. Yet somehow we move into a mentality that the ministry and mission of our church life will be done by somebody, yet nobody is Willing to do it except for the few who end up pushing themselves to do more and more and more, but who consequently burn themselves out.
As a church there are a number of areas where this has become an immediate problem for us. We currently have a vacancy for Church Secretary and so some of our admin is falling short. At our last church meeting it was suggested that we look at putting together an Admin Team to take on some of this vital work as a shared work load. And so can I invite anyone who has admin skills to come to a meeting to talk about this on 9th July in the Church Hall at 7.30 pm. Here we can drink coffee and talk about where you feel your gifts and strengths lie so that we can move forward in our church admin.
But there are many other areas where our church body is weak. Messy Church needs helpers and fresh ideas, our youth work needs members to be Willing to roll their sleeves up and get involved, we need to find ways to connect with and attract families to church, and we need to make sure that we teach and disciple one another, caring for those who are in need physically and spiritually.
So please be prayerful. but also be expectant that God may prompt you to serve and bring his kingdom here in earth as it is in heaven. And let’s ensure that the last two lines of that poem do not become our motto as a church.
Everybody thought that Somebody would do it, but Nobody realised that Nobody would do it. So, consequently, Everybody blamed Somebody … when Nobody did what Anybody could have done in the first place!
Steve Christian – CPBC Minister