A group of mice once formed a committee to consider the menace of the local cat.
After a good deal of discussion which led nowhere, one of the mice announced that he had a positive suggestion to make which he thought would solve the problem.
If a bell were to be hung around the cat’s neck, the mice would be given warning of his approach and would have time to run away to safety.
Amid squeaks of approval he formally put the resolution that such a bell should be secured and placed around the cat’s neck. The resolution was enthusiastically seconded and passed unanimously.
All the mice were delighted that the matter had been settled so satisfactorily and the chairman was about to close the meeting when a very old mouse who had appeared to sleep throughout the proceedings opened one eye, twitched a whisker and asked, “But who is going to change the bell?”
Then there was silence whilst the mice looked in dismay at one another. Everyone had taken it for granted that someone else would hang the bell around the cat’s neck!
The timidity of the mice is understandable, but are committees of human beings any better?
What is a committee? Well, it ought to be a group of people who are committed to not only talking but also to doing. Those who do not want to commit themselves should not volunteer to be on committees.
But, so very often, committees end where they began – doing nothing but talking – with only a vague hope that someone else is going to do something.
One school of thought tends to suggest that committees are created not actually to get things done but to evade – or, at least, postpone – some drastic action from which we shrink.
Jesus was always stressing that action is the test of our faith.
It is doing the will of our Heavenly Father that is the badge of citizenship of the Kingdom of God.
As Jesus says, “Blessed are they who hear the word of God and do it”. (Luke 11: 28)
With many peaceful blessings