A Different End-Of-Year Reflection
Since we are nearing the end of 2014, I have been working on pulling data on Truth For The World and what we were able to do and our performance during the year. But no one else ever seems to be as excited about the data as I usually am. I show numbers and charts and others don't look as interested.
I suppose even though I feel it's part of my job to pull together data and measure how we are doing, I can understand that a graph and chart never paints a picture as impactful as the stories we receive and share at Truth For The World.
Here at TFTW we have a bulletin board or perhaps it should be called an "inspiration board." It's hanging in our break room where anyone can see it. It contains letters, notes and even some pictures that we get from people around the world.
As we get wrapped up in our work, and we look at data, and we think about our deadlines, we may start to let the impact of what we are doing go out of focus.
Then we take a break and look at the bulletin board or read a recent story like this one sent to us.
“Our student Tammy was baptized on Nov. 2, 2014. She has 2 more lessons to complete course, which she is eager to do. I will also be furnishing her with other material from time to time that will be of benefit to a “new babe in Christ”. - Carol
I will get back to the data and the graphs and the charts later as I prepare a yearly report to our overseeing congregation, the Duluth Church of Christ. But for now perhaps I will look at the inspiration board and just think about what impact we can have on the world.
Also, as you stroll some of the halls here at Truth For The World you also see framed pictures of people from around the world, some of them at baptisms. Those were put there as a reminder of why we are here doing what we are doing.
I, too, need that good news story and a look through those images from time to time. And for now that is going to be my end-of-year reflection. For what better assessment could there be for any year than to know that because of our efforts, the efforts of our volunteers, and God's blessings, more people can one day hear the words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."