So Much To Do and So Few To Do It

So Much To Do and So Few To Do It

A sign on the pastor’s desk, “So much to do and so few people to do it.” “People often tell me that motivation doesn’t last, and I tell them that bathing doesn’t either. That’s why I recommend it daily.” (Zig Ziglar). A man applied for a job as a “handyman” at the church. The pastor asked, “Can you do carpentry?” The man said, “No.” “How about bricklaying?” Again the man said, “No.” The pastor asked, “What about electrical work?” The man said “No.” Finally the pastor said, “Well, tell me then what is “handy” about you?” The man replied, “I live just around the corner and I am available.” He was hired. Sometimes the greatest ability is availability.

An illustration: “It seems that the average church is made of Fred Somebody, Thomas Everybody, Susan Anybody, and Joe Nobody.  All four belonged to the same church. The pastor depended upon Everybody, Anybody, and Somebody, but Nobody did it. Everybody was always too busy. Anybody wanted to come to church, but was afraid Somebody or Anybody would not speak to him. So guess who went to church – Nobody!  Really, Nobody was the only decent one of the four members.  Nobody did the visitation. Nobody worked on the church building. Nobody visited the shut-ins. Nobody supported the missionaries. Nobody prayed for the pastor. Once they needed a Sunday school teacher. Everybody thought Anybody would do it, and Anybody thought Somebody would do it. And you know who did it? That’s exactly right… Nobody! It happened that a fifth person, Whosoever, who was unsaved, visited the church. Everybody thought Somebody should visit Whosoever and try to win him to the Lord.  Anybody could have done it, because Whosoever wanted to be saved,  but you know who finally won him – Nobody! Whosoever is still waiting for Somebody or Anybody, but Nobody cares.” Opportunities Missed. “There was a very cautious man who never laughed or played. He never risked, he never tried. He never sang or prayed. And when one day, he passed away. His insurance was denied For since he never really lived, they claimed he never died.”

I have often stated, “All the needs of the church and ministries could easily be met if everyone was just willing to do what they can.” “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not” (II Corinthians 8:12).  What can you do? Are you willing to do it? What have you done? What have you left undone? …These Are Words of Wisdom.

These Are Words of Wisdom

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