I just learned that today is the 29th anniversary of Oscar Romero’s assassination. Here is an excerpt from one of his sermons that resonates with what I was trying to say earlier (though he is far more eloquent).
“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… 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: One person plants a seed in the soil. Another waters it. We plant seeds that will one day 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 it.
“This enables us to do something and 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 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 workers, not master builders; ministers not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.”