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.
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 program accomplishes the church’s mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
No strategic plan addresses every possibility.

That 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 to further develop.
We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything.
And there is a sense of liberation realizing this.
It 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 the Lord’s grace to enter 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 builders;
Ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.

Abp. Oscar Romero
Michael Miller, Jr.