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Find a Need and Fill It

It is amazing how people view the same situation and draw conflicting conclusions! One will see unlimited opportunities while another sees a need for a "hands off' policy.

Two Christian wives sat mending their husband's pants. One said, "My poor John is so discouraged in his church work. He just feels like quitting. Nothing goes right for him." The other replied, "Why my husband was saying just the opposite. He is so enthused. It seems like he is closer to the Lord than ever." A hushed silence fell as they continued to mend the trousers, one patching the knees and the other the seat.

Frequently, a negative attitude reveals a desire to be served rather than serve, to receive rather than give. One of the outstanding traits of the Master was his service. "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mt. 20:28).

An eminent psychiatrist was asked what could be done to prevent a nervous breakdown. His answer: "Go straight to your front door, turn the knob, cross the tracks, and find somebody who needs you." Service is a great healer, helping us to lose ourselves in the lives of others.

Bud Wilkerson was once asked, "What is the contribution of football to America's health?" "Absolutely none," he said. "Football is a game where 22 men are on a field badly in need of rest and 70,000 are in the stands badly in need of exercise."

This evaluation portrays some congregations. The few are involved in the Lord's work while many are "observing" with frequent criticisms of something that should have been done differently.

The Kaiser Corporation had a motto which has proven its worth: "Find a Need and Fill It!" You can never get much of anything done unless you go ahead and do it before you are ready. "The fellow who does things that count usually doesn't stop to count them." -submitted by Carolyn Burton

'But whoso bath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:17-48

GOOD ADVICE: "You become a good writer as you become a good joiner: by planing down your sentences." -Anatole France