This was shared with me today. The man who wrote it was an archbishop of the Catholic church in El Salvador. He was assassinated for his views against violence.
He probably wasn’t speaking of the job of motherhood, but I think it applies, don’t you? I find it encouraging, in a strange way, to realize a lot of what I wish I could do is actually beyond my reach–and that’s ok.
“It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. 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 another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer ever fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything. This is what we are about: We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest. We may never see the results, but that is the difference between a master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.” —Oscar Romero