Frank William Boreham 1871-1959

Frank William Boreham 1871-1959
A photo F W Boreham took of himself in 1911

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Boreham on Finding Focus

Early in his ministry Boreham was preaching a couple of times a week, accepting invitations to speak in the nearby city and throughout NZ. He was a weekly contributor to two papers and he was appointed to various committees. His life was hectic!

After one very busy week when he was reflecting on how good life was, Stella [his wife] said, "I have been so lonely. And when I have seen other men coming home of an evening and playing with their little ones, my heart has ached for ours. And then when you said that the week you have spent with us was one of the happiest you had ever had, it was more than I could bear."

When Frank listened to this confession, he realised that a river can be widened until it is so shallow and incapable of navigation. He saw that a ministry is better narrow and deep. So he resolved that night to only do the work to which his people had called him and to take on other things only when convinced it would be wrong not to do so. Refusing invitations and coming off committees meant that he, his family and his church were so much better.

Geoff Pound

Photo: Stella and Frank Boreham