Over the last 10 weeks, and most recently during the last 10 days, we have found ourselves walking into unprecedented times. Our daily lives are mixed with the highly familiar and the completely strange. “Social distancing” - a contradictory term in itself, suggests something of our problem. For those living with others, they are engaging with them more closely than ever before - but seeing “everyone else”, not at all. For those living on their own - silence might have fallen in new proportions.
This is where we find ourselves at the end of a blessed year... looking to the future, with a recognition of our human inadequacy, but confident and excited about the assurance that there is power in our prayers.
Michelle Obama confessed this month that she still suffers from 'impostor syndrome'. Articulate, beautiful, intelligent, funny, a former First Lady, and yet still anxious...what hope is there for the rest of us? We can empathise.
The more the Stewards' Trust grows, the more inadequate we feel for what lies ahead.
What's the answer for Michelle, for us and possibly you?
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4.6
One of my favourite books is Good to Great by Jim Collins. Before you all go out and buy a copy, I should warn you it is essentially a thesis about the characteristics that lead to excellence in business. I should really get out more!
Does the Bible have anything to add about ‘greatness’? Yes, lots, but much of it would probably confound Mr Collins . . .‘What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?' and 'But many who are first will be last, and the last first’.
Our Vision Evening on 17th May was hugely encouraging and exciting. So good to meet with Stewards' Trust 'family'!
We heard from God and those gathered with fresh ideas, wise words and inspiring pictures. It was particularly good to have a wide age-range of guests (8 months to 80 years!!), which so well reflected the nature of our events and the broad community we serve.