I am always amazed, and impressed, at the scale of service that goes on within any congregation. In the last week, I have listened to ladies discussing the things they intend to include in the Shoe Box Appeal this year. We have all been asked to bring food items for the Harvest Festival, that will find their way into the Food Bank. People are collecting egg cartons so that the distribution of eggs from the Food Bank can be easier and more efficient.

I have seen many acts of kindness from members towards visitors who have come in the doors. Jennie and I have been on the receiving end of invitations to meals and to fellowship. None of these things would make the news. None of these things, individually, are going to set the world on fire, yet, every one of them makes a positive impact on someone.

I despair sometimes when I look at what goes on in this world. I see rude people being rude to other rude people. I watch as people tear down other people with words and with spiteful intent — and yet, in the church, good people are doing good things with good intent, and achieving good results.

We are not all blessed with the same talents. I was not put on this earth to be you, and you were not put here to be me. I have to be the best “me” that I can be, and you have to be the best “you” that you can be. Scripture says, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace …” (1 Peter 4:9 (ESV)).

As I turn my eyes to look at God’s people, my despair turns once more to amazement. Let us never tire of doing good. – Colin Vine