I was feeling brave this morning. So brave, in fact, that I tackled a job I have been putting off for a very long while – my filing tray!
I was shocked just how much rubbish I was holding on to. I found minutes of meetings, sets of accounts, budget plans and proposals. Schedules for work and targets to be achieved. What did I do with all this valuable information?
I shredded the lot!!!
The reason why I took such a drastic step is quite simple. Due to recent events, none of it applies any more. It is all out of date and irrelevant now.
Budgets will have to be reset. Accounts will now look very different. Proposals and targets will have to be thought through afresh. Schedules for work, have long since passed.
But, not everything in my filing tray got shredded.
I found some publications that contained information that I now need. At the time I received them, I couldn’t see the point and just put them out of the way to be filed. Now their usefulness is apparent.
I found a “thank you” card. A mark of appreciation from somebody who I had been able to help. I always hold onto them. At low moments, I often flick through them to help me find perspective.
One interesting thing I found was a copy of our Church values. We had been considering these as a fellowship and looking at how we could embody them more fully. Then, the situation had forced them to be put on hold.
|Worship God||‘Worship in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:24)|
|Encourage each other||‘Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11)|
|Love everyone||‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God’ (1 John 4:7) ‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you’ (John 15:12) ’Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins’ (1 Peter 4:8)|
|Continue to grow||‘But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ’ (2 Peter 3:18)|
|Openness with God and each other||‘Love must be sincere’ (Romans 12:9) ‘Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbour, for we are all members of one body’ (Ephesians 4:25) ‘Do not lie. Do not deceive one another’ (Leviticus 19:11b)|
|Message of hope to share||‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation to everyone who believes’ (Romans 1:16) ‘I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ’ (Philemon v6)|
|Enable and equip to serve God||‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men’ (Colossians 3:23) ‘May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen’ (Hebrews 13:20-21)|
As lockdown eases further, as “new normal” is revealed, it strikes me that, we have the perfect opportunity to begin again.
To start afresh
To revisit what God’s agenda is for His Church. Some things, perhaps, are no longer relevant to where we find ourselves now. Somethings, however, need to be re-visited and undergird where we are heading in this new day.