From an early age, my father instilled in me a deep appreciation for finished work, especially when teaching me how to mow the lawn. There was a deep sense of accomplishment when you could look at that freshly-manicured bermuda grass, smell the familiar, fresh fragrance of newly-chopped blades, and rejoice in the distinct parallel lines that criss-crossed the lawn. This is what DONE looks like!
I must confess, I love it when things are done. When I finally put the finishing touches on a project, when the room is painted, when the house is cleaned, when the leaves are gathered…it just feels SO good to have a finished result in front of you.
And yet, how does one “finish” love? How do you know when you are “done” bringing hope?
There is a prayer which hangs over my desk, attributed to the late Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero. He was martyred for standing against those who would oppress others. I read this prayer nearly every day, and today this section stood out to me:
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent
enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
I don’t know about you, but there is something about this that frustrates me. Nothing we do is complete? But I want to finish! When can we be done?
Author and consultant Simon Sinek describes this as the “infinite game”. It is a game which doesn’t end; where the goal is not to win, but to rather keep playing.
Nothing we do is complete, because the game doesn’t end. It changes and grows and expands. Our work is incomplete because it is not meant to be completed, it is simply meant to be joined into.
This is something we must reckon with in our service. We do not “fix” things…we keep playing and try to figure out ways for more people to play and work with us. We seek to better the playing field, to change the rules, to expand the board–all for the sake of others.
This is God’s enterprise. It is a work that predates us and will go on beyond us. And yet, we are invited to be a part of it. What an incredible gift and responsibility!
At HopeSprings, we are looking to accomplish that which we can with what we have. We believe that, working together, we can all experience hope and healing. And we would love to have you join us! The work is never finished, just as we ourselves are also works-in-progress. But it is still worth doing, and doing well. And it is not complete, partially because there is always room for more to serve with us!
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