The Obituary of Someone Else

“I know that all of you were saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our church’s most valuable members — Someone Else. 
Someone’s passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill.  Else has been with us for many years, and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than the normal person’s share of the work.  Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results.  Someone Else can work with that group.  Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s lips, “Let Someone Else do it.”  It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the largest givers in the church.  Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed that Someone Else would make up the difference. 

Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing super-human, but a person can only do so much.  Were the truth known, everyone expected too much of Someone Else.  Now Someone Else is gone.  We wonder what we are going to do.  Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it?  Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?  Remember, we can’t depend on Someone Else anymore.”

I always enjoy reading this!  I know it’s written as a joke, but at the same time, it couldn’t be more true! You don’t have to be in church long to see this come true!

It’s pretty common for the Pastor to make an announcement similar to, “We are looking for some help in Children’s Church next week to help cover for someone who will be on vacation,” and most people tend to think that “Someone Else” will do it!

As Christians, we need to have the attitude if “I will do it!”  When there is a need in the church, fill it!  Is the church trying to raise money for a certain project?  Don’t expect someone else to raise it.  You need to be the one to help raise the money to meet the goal! Don’t sit around waiting for someone else to take care of things around the church!

Pick up trash when you see it, volunteer to help when needed, and always be looking for places to serve!

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

6 thoughts on “The Obituary of Someone Else

  1. Sad to say that the age old truth about 20% of the people will do 80% of the work in the local church is still true. I will touch on this in my sermon this week about discipleship.
    Thanks for sharing it,
    Chuck

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