Thursday, November 04, 2010

elections

no, i'm not going to write up about the political kind currently going on in galas & batu sapi.

i'm referring to the upcoming elections in church for officer-bearers for next year. quite unlike the political manoeuvering that will culminate in the polls tomorrow, the one in church is very much more sedate. no, none of that name-calling, back-stabbing & character assasination stuff for the nominees. in fact, it's just the opposite - we have difficulty getting leaders to rise up to serve in the various ministries.

that's probably because we have a unique problem - there is a whole generation of 25-45 year-olds that virtually doesn't exist. most of the current office-bearers are above 45 & almost all have served several terms already. some have expressed intention to step down but there's just few people in their 30s & early 40s to take over.

until such time when this generation of young people aged 25 & below is groomed to to fill existing shoes, we'll just have to make do with what we have. i've been privately expressing my own opinion, sometimes rather bluntly, concerning people who should be standing up to be counted instead of being just pew-warmers & space-fillers.

Someone Up There must have heard me because the potential leaders i mentioned eventually accepted nomination for the various posts. while i was wondering at this turn of events, whether i may have spoken harshly too soon, or have failed to see the hands of God at work, i found out the bitter truth in these words :

Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
prov 18:2

i now bow my head in shame.

8 comments:

stay-at-home mum said...

I am one of those "guilty-as-charged" pew warmer cum space filler in my church but I am above 45!! My eldest has been poking me to go teach the little ones, but I fear that I am unable to do it. I know God will lead the way, like when I did it at school a couple of years ago, so I really dont know why I am still hesitating.

Yvonne Foong said...

I guess it's only human to feel that way. I get frustrated too when I have to do something for an extended of time and everytime when no other person volunteers to take over. But I guess we have to open a door for others to step in also. Because we have been in the role for so long that we look so much like an unmovable fixture.

eugene said...

You know doc,i am currently reading a book titled," experiencing God" it is a wonderful book,, as christian, sometimes,we misquote God and even the plans that He planned for us, remember Moses, he was too timid and afraid that he might not carry out God's call,but when he submitted himself fully, Red sea can be parted too.

One day we shall all be counted for, as for now we shall just be obedient lah...........

doc said...

SAHM,

it's the 1st step that's most difficult to make. you need to be moved & be convicted to serve in church. age is definitely not a hindrance but more an excuse. we have a lot of retirees but few are willing to serve, despite having time on their hands.

God will touch you but will you respond positively? may you & your family be blessed abundantly in His service.

doc said...

Yvonne,

it's been said that a good leader is one who has groomed another to succeed but it's common, like you mentioned, for a leader to remain in the post for so long that everyone else feels contented not to move up.

doc said...

Eugene,

what a coincidence! that's the book the CGs are using for our friday nite bible study. yes, it's an inspiring book.

HappySurfer said...

I believe everything happens for a reason, even timing.

doc said...

Happy Surfer,

if you believe the bible, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. eccles 3:1