Someone Else Just Died

  The church was stricken in grief to learn, this week, that one of our church’s most valuable members, “Someone Else,” has died.  “Someone Else’s” passing created a vacancy that will be difficult to fill.  “Someone Else” has been with us for many years and for everyone of those years, “Someone Else” did far more than a 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 that group.

Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, a meeting to attend, or a ministry to accept, one name was on everyone’s list.  Let “Someone Else” do it.  It was common knowledge that “Someone Else” was among the largest givers to 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.  The truth is, everybody 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 that “Someone Else” did?

So when you are asked to teach a class, make a visit, serve in a ministry, or help with VBS, remember—we can’t depend on “Someone Else” to do it anymore… because  “Someone Else” just died.

The above story is fiction, but the underlying message is fact.  If we all depend on someone else to do what we should be doing, nothing will ever get done.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.  Ecclesiastes 9:10

Jim Davis