I don't cause the tide to come in, and I don't cause the tide to go out. I just try to do the Lord's work with whoever's there. When lots of people are flooding in, I hurry to gather the harvest. When people grow scarcer, I work to conserve the harvest.
It's always depressing when there's low attendance. But on the other hand, as I looked out upon the congregation today and served communion to them, I saw in almost every one of them a story. I've been here long enough to really know these people. There are so many good stories of grace, of answered prayers, of growth in faith among them.
Paul said, "I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound." What he didn't add was, abounding's easier.