Spending Time with Jim McGuiggan

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Albert Schweitzer, medical man, brilliant musician and credentialed philosopher said goodbye to European “civilization” and went to the jungles of Africa where he immersed himself in service to the needy. The challenge was way beyond his power, of course, and there was no way for him to meet the demand but the old man said, “I never allow the magnitude of the task to blind me or keep me from doing what I can to change things.” Obviously his PhD’s hadn’t robbed him of common sense (though he was more than a bit on the stubborn side).

We can be mesmerized by the awful plight of multiplied millions and paralysis can set in. It’s better (we know this!) just to do what we can—now!—as wisely as we can rather than wring our hands in perpetual lamentation.

You might remember Canfield and Hansen telling us about a friend of theirs on a beach in Mexico. It seems he saw a local, way up the beach, picking things up and throwing them far into the water; it turned out to be starfish. He asked the local man what he was up to and he told him. “See, it’s low tide and I have to get them back in the water or they’ll die.” The visitor looked around at the tens of thousands of starfish scattered everywhere and remarked, half to himself I suppose: “But with so many you must know you can’t possibly make a difference.” The man smiled, picked up a starfish, threw it out into the sea and said, “Made a difference to that one!”

Make a difference! Do it now! You won’t regret it and you won’t forget it. Neither will God!

Spending Time with Jim McGuiggan