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People Who Need People

Rarely do we meet a person who has had multiple careers and loved them all.  For most of us, we spend our lives seeking to become the most proficient that we possibly can in one single area of training.  Hopefully, as we age, we find that we are more proficient in understanding the various questions that arise from folks that may not have studied our field as much as we have.

It is not that any of us can honestly boast about our expertise (if we have any!) because we find that when we have a need regarding something that we know nothing about, we call a person that is skilled in that discipline because we are not.

How fortunate that we have doctors trained in treating illnesses, injuries, and emergency situations.  Left up to us, we would be prone to panic because we do not know what to do to care for a massive injury.

Thank goodness some are very skilled in construction as well as those trained in all of the related trades.  Without them, most of us would be sleeping in the open air with no electrical, AC or heating, and no plumbing.

God made us to need each other.  In the relationships of community, we are strengthened by the gifts of others.  We contribute to what they need by what we know to do, and we are blessed by what they know to do when we face something beyond our ability.  In that mutual dependability, each person can become proficient in a field of their choosing.  The better they are at performing their skill set, the greater the demand for their services.  Their name becomes widely known and many, many people rely on them for their lives to run smoothly because of the service they provide. Their network of “friends’ made through doing what they do consistently well is the indication that their work is meticulously done, they are reliable and dependable, and what they fix, they stand behind in their guarantee.

Haddon Robinson tells of a concert violinist whose brother was a bricklayer. One day, a woman began gushing to the bricklayer about how wonderful it was to be in the family of that violinist. Not wanting to insult the bricklayer, she added, “Of course, we don’t all have the same talents, and even in a family some just seem to have more talent than others.”

The bricklayer replied, “Boy, you’re telling me! That violinist brother of mine doesn’t know a thing about laying bricks. If he couldn’t make some money playing that fiddle of his, he couldn’t hire a guy with know-how like mine to build a house. If he had to build a house himself, he’d be ruined.”

Robinson observes, “If you want to build a house, you don’t want a violinist. If you’re going to lead an orchestra, you don’t want a bricklayer. No two of us are exactly alike. None of us has every gift and ability. Our responsibility is to exercise the gifts we have—not the ones we wish we had.” (Copied).

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  (Eccl. 3:12-13).