Don’t lose your capacity to be surprised

It is with some sadness I write because this will be my last Kay Street News article I shall contribute before I finally hang my boots up as a deacon.

It was not an easy decision but, after twelve years, I felt it was time to let someone else have a turn and bring fresh energy and ideas. It will also allow me to dedicate more time to the premises. As you know, we have a backlog of routine tasks to complete and there are serious deliberations underway for the general design of the  building.

So firstly, I would like to thank you for your prayers and encouragement over the years; it has been a pleasure to serve you. Secondly, it is time for you to put your thinking caps on  and consider carefully and prayerfully whom you would like to see take over. To this end, I would ask you to commit your deliberations to God and seek His guidance rather than be limited by your own logic and imagination.

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The reason I say this is that if there is one thing that the last few months have taught me it’s never to be surprised. If you had told me there would be a Conservative majority in the Commons I would have been sceptical. If you have told me before June 23rd this year that Brexit would prevail and we would be leaving the European Union I would have told you to look at the opinion polls and re-consider your opinion. If you had told me that Donald Trump, and his gravity-defying hair, would be in the White House I would have discreetly backed away from you and suggested, from a safe distance, that you seek professional help. So you see life is full of surprises and one should always be wary of limiting the possibilities.

In addition to considering who else could take on the role, what about you? Yes you! You may not currently imagine yourself as a deacon but then you probably didn’t imagine Trumpy taking the  oath  of  office  either.  Before  you  decide,  take  the  time  for  an informal chat with Matt or one of the deacons and find out what’s involved and whether you would be right for the post. It won’t cost you to find out and you’re committed to nothing yet.

Even if that role wasn’t right for you there are plenty of other opportunities for you to contribute to God’s work in Kay Street. Just look on the web-site and in the bulletin to see the various groups and teams. Don’t be shy about asking; do you know what holds so many people back? They just don’t think they’re “good enough”. Well, if that’s how you’re thinking then I have news for you. If God wants you to do a task then He has either already equipped you  with the necessary raw talent or He will do. Don’t limit your vision to your own imagination. As an example, I find folks are reluctant to volunteer for premises work because they think it’s necessary to be a master craftsman before hammering in a protruding nail or qualify as an electrician before changing a light bulb. Sometimes, the task  is as simple as being there on the premises to let tradesmen in to complete a task and then lock up after them. Simples, no?

Above all, I would implore you not to fall into the comfortable trap of watching from the sidelines. Too often, I see the usual suspects being run ragged and it saddens me when their responsibilities cannot be shared with another pair of willing hands.

So, here’s what you do. Just approach any of the team leaders and enquire how you could make a contribution. Don’t be put off because you have limited time or can’t commit to every week. That’s understood and can be worked around.

There, I didn’t mean to act like a Recruiting Sergeant in my final missive but I would like to see lots more people enjoying  the rewards of God’s service and enriching their own lives in the process. Thank you once again for allowing me to serve and I pray God’s richest blessings on you for the future.

Peter Leonard