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“WHEREVER A MAN TURNS HE CAN FIND SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HIM”
___ALBERT SCHWEITZER

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  1. This quote reminds me of the teachings of Jesus…not only His teachings but his deed, actions and lifestyle. Everywhere He went He ministered, He healed, He fed and He delivered and He taught. Then He told us to go forth and do likewise. Mr. Schweitzer caught the right idea.

  2. I think seeing ‘a need’ is a mirror to show you your spiritual gifts and talents. Thereby, giving you an opportunity to explode your gifts and talents. And, Dr.
    Albert Schweitzer certainly had many to explode and explode they did.

    “Albert Schweitzer, M.D., OM, (January 14, 1875 – September 4, 1965) was an Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, and physician.”

    I pray each of us will be so defined by the exploding of our gifts as Dr. Schweitzer.

  3. Sara thanks for your insightful comment on this quote. It’s like going to get an eye exam and fitted for glasses. You see the letters clearly when you have the right lens on. And when I thought about your comment it made me think, if I am understanding correctly, that God must give us each a different pair of glasses so the eyes of our heart see and want to respond to the need based on the gift He gave us. And Proverbs 18:16 says that a man’s gift makes a way for him (makes room, enlarges his way, opens doors for him). That must be why Albert Schweitzer could turn many ways and have people thererready to use his many giftings.

  4. I heard a wise teacher of the Scriptures say that the gifts are given by the Holy Spirit to be used FOR others. And the right and best gift to have is the one that is needed and appropriate at that particular moment.
    If our gifts are to explode at right time and place we must be “of the moment” like Esther who was there ‘for such a time as this’. When Jesus walked in the Holy Land, distressed souls put a demand on His anointing. The blind men called out to Jesus for their eyes to be opened. The centurion asked for his servant to be healed. The woman with the blood disease touched the hem of His robe in faith, pulling virtue out of Him and causing her blood condition to be healed, immediately. Lazarus was dead. His sisters called out Jesus. He came and raised the dead man.
    Each gift was used at the proper time in the appropriate manner through wisdom and understanding, He used the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
    The same can be said of the gifts of mercy, compassion, giving, preaching, (even holy humor) et al. The right gift at the right time in the right place. Kingdom work!

  5. The quote “… “WHEREVER A MAN TURNS HE CAN FIND SOMEONE WHO NEEDS HIM” speaks of the world today. The hands and feet of each person is needed to do the work in Lord Jesus’ name. We know that there always will be troubles because in Matthew 6:34 it says: Each day has enough trouble of its own. I’m one of the lucky ones in that when I need a word of knowledge or wisdom, the person who has that gift on our team is there. When I need help finding something or putting something together, the person with the ministry of helps is there. What a wonderful team to be apart of. The gifts are working today in the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is alive and well and is directing each servant of the Lord Jesus. There are many who need these gifts. They have trouble. Real problems that touch and break their hearts. As we discussed this morning at Christ Church – what about the mother out there who just lost her son or daughter in Iraq or some other place in the world? What about the soldiers who are torn apart emotionally and/or physically because of the sights and sounds they have witnessed? Who do they turn to? What about the injured children who are caught up in war torn countries, drought and/or are starving? Who will provide comfort to these parentless children. Who will feed them? Who will provide medication? Where do they turn? What about the sick children and adults who suffer from a wide range of illnesses? As we turn we can see many people who need our help. Who helps them spiritually? We hope that we can help. May each one who reads this article be blessed with a person who can help him or her. May they be blessed by the Word of God and by the help of a talented Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

  6. I heard the cries (via the radio) of the mothers in the streets of Peru yelling, crying out, sobbing because there is no food to feed their children, even this very day. In India we saw and touched and were touched by the desperate poverty of these beautiful people. In Ethiopia I saw the people crawl out of their caves and caverns, hauling their babies, on the moutains that surround Addis Ababa. We saw the lepers and the terminably ill lying in the streets. Your heart stands still. It takes your breath. It sucks the life out of your soul. It is devastating even as these precious people are devastated by centuries of want and need and disease and starvation, the odors of suppression! And Jesus asks….’who will go? whom shall He send? What must WE send? What must WE do that a Scripture is not the solution at this time? The appropriate gift is the one that is desperately needed at that particular time. Lord, what shall we do?
    And though it sucks your physical breath, we must remember and realize that we do have the breath of the Holy Spirit that we must pray and implore and intercede for the Spirit of the Living God to move over those nations of desperate and disenfranchised peoples.
    How should we pray? That they be saved? Should they be saved by a living God and then starve to death? If there is only one choice, then of course let it be salvation. Yet, how can we preach to the desolately starving human beings, multitutes around the world and yet not feed them and their little ones.? I am asking and searching.
    United States of America and many of the churches, temples, synogogues within her borders send missions and money and food supplies and the government sends much. Yet many do not receive, often, because the supplies are confiscated and used for other purposes.
    The dilemma of the human condition….starving peoples, starving souls, and greedy leaders.

  7. Yes, Albert Schweitzer, got it right…”Wherever a man turns, he can find someone who needs him.” Peter gives us instructions, on serving one another. Read with me: 1Peter 5:5 “In the same way, you younger men must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, serve each other in humility, for ‘God opposes the proud but favors the humble’.”
    This is what the footnotes said about this scripture in 1Peter. ” Both young and old can benefit from Peter’s instructions. Pride often keeps older people from trying to understand young people and keeps young people from listening to those who are older. Peter told both young and old to be humble and to serve each other. Young men should follow the leadership of older men, who should lead by example. Respect those who are older than you, listen to those younger than you, and be humble enough to admit that you can learn from others.”
    So, if we possess humbleness, then we can serve others with our gifts, and all people reap the benefits!

  8. Titus 3 :14 “Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.”
    Looking around at what is happening in the world (earthquakes, tornados, flooding, ect.) there are many people, with many needs. Most of these people have URGENT NEEDS. Titus tells us if we help meet these URGENT NEEDS of others, then we will not be UNPRODUCTIVE. The prefix UN means “not”. So Titus is saying by helping others with their needs we will not be not productive. Being productive is part of our job that our Lord has given us. We must work hard to help others so we can be productive children of God.

  9. Yes chickenfarmer, wherever we turn how expansive the urgent opportunities are to be productive… and as Needles urges us… to serve others with our gifts. We all have plenty of opportunity to learn to do good.

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