ANYONE who is involved with a church, charity or other voluntary organisation will be familiar with the scenario described in
ANYONE who is involved with a church, charity or other voluntary organisation will be familiar with the scenario described in the following story. It’s a story about four people named Everyone, Someone, Anyone and No one.
“There was an important job to be done and Everyone was sure that Someone would do it. Anyone could have done it but No one did it. Someone got angry about that because he thought that it was Everyone’s job.
“Everyone thought that anyone could do it but No one realised that Everyone wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everyone was angry with Someone because No one did what Anyone could have done!”
If you’re a part of any group it takes a while to discover that “Everyone, Someone, Anyone and No one” can’t work there if the group is to function well.
In a similar vein, our church was saddened to learn last year of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else. Someone’s passing creates 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 a normal person’s share of the work.
Whenever there was a job to do, a person to encourage, a family to support, one name was on everyone’s list, “Let Someone Else do it”.
Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; “Someone Else can work with that group”. It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most generous givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.
Someone Else was a wonderful person, sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.
Someone Else left an example to follow but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?
For those who tire of excuses why you couldn’t go to church and step into the shoes of “Someone Else”, these are the reasons why I never wash: 1. I was forced to wash as a child; 2. People who wash are hypocrites — they think they’re cleaner than others; 3. There are so many kinds of soap I could never decide which was right; 4. I used to wash but it got boring; 5. I only wash at Christmas and Easter; 6. None of my friends wash; 7. I’ll start washing when I’m older; 8. I don’t really have the time; 9. The bathroom isn’t warm enough; 10. People who make soap are only after your money.