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we are not master builders, we are not messiahs

This was shared over at Mark’s blog in the comments by Jon. It stirred my soul and lightened my burden, I hope it does the same for you.

“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 far beyond our capability.

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 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 workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen.”

The words of Archbishop Oscar Romero who was martyred in San Salvador in 1980

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  1. Tia Lynn — September 20, 2007 #

    Those are beautiful words, expressing such truth. Thanks for sharing

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