bits from bob....

Would You Leave a Hole?

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted--
the idea of this article is not original, but the article as written is original]

Although Sam, a sales clerk in a popular retail outlet, was rude and impatient with customers, his boss hesitated to fire him because of the hardship it would cause for Sam's wife and three children. Several of the store's regular customers knew of the boss's dilemma.

One day, upon noticing that Sm was not at work, a customer asked about Sam. The boss confided that he had taken a job with another store. When the customer asked, "Are you planning to replace him?" the boss replied, "No, Sam didn't leave any vacancy."

Sam's work was so ineffective and negative that the business was in many ways better off without him. Sam left no hole to be filled.

Sam's story is reminiscent of some in the church. Members drop out, but there is no difference in the church's work--visits, evangelism, giving, attendance. Members move away, but some who move leave no "hole" to be filled. Other members are not so bold as to completely drop out, but were that to occur, the story would be the same.

May God help us to live so that when we are no longer here, we will leave a "hole."

"If members of the church do not miss you when you are absent, it may be more of a reflection on you than it is on them."

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