[!--QuoteBegin--][/span][table border=\"0\" align=\"center\" width=\"95%\" cellpadding=\"3\" cellspacing=\"1\"][tr][td]Quote [/td][/tr][tr][td id=\"QUOTE\"][!--QuoteEBegin--]I have heard it said that CoC-ers who sit stodgily back, hook their thumbs under their suspenders, and claim to have "restored" the Church, are wrong, because the Restoration is a lifelong project. (Ask anyone who restores old cars...)
Therefore, those who look at the stopped-short ones and the crusty ones, the unenlightened ones and the heartless ones, and say "they have failed to restore", are also wrong. The Restoration is a lifelong project.
The opera ain't over 'til Gabriel swings![/quote]
I understand what you are saying.
But, if someone has stopped-short of their goal, that implies they think they have reached it, or they feel it's impossible to attain.
Not going forward is the first step to going backwards.
If they stopped-short because they think they are there, then they are short-sighted and need to learn more.
If they stopped-short because they feel the goal is impossible to attain, then they need to have a higher vision.
Either way, they need to begin to move forward again. If they don't, then they have failed. If they do, then little by little they will make progress, unitl Gabriel swings!
And the "they" I am referreing to includes me. I want to learn more of how the Lord wants me to live my life for Him. I want to have a higher vision for my local congregation, and to be a part of bringing that vision to life - not a part of separating myself to go with like-minded others because some decided to stop short.