Write Again… That which he is called to do

Published 3:26 pm Saturday, December 19, 2020

“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, all the time you can, in all the places you can.”

Some form of this didactic saying, which truly reflects a blueprint for mankind’s noblest sense of brotherhood, has been around a long while, one would assume.
Well, now. Not only do I have a very special friend who believes such a noble sentiment, he truly strives to live it.

Oh, yes. Paul is such a person. His maker endowed him with special gifts, talents, and he has not hidden them under the proverbial basket. No, indeed.
If there is a need for something to be repaired, fixed, or built anew, Paul is definitely your man. His carpentry and mechanical know-how are truly impressive, especially to one such as I, for whom much of this is a mystery.

More importantly, he so often brings these skills to those in need, be they friends, church members, or folks he doesn’t even know.

He can and does do much by himself, but also with others, especially for those who have been ravaged by destructive weather events.

Paul has taken his compassion and competence to third world countries, and those experiences have “touched” him in a powerful way. You won’t ever hear him speak negatively of others. He doesn’t do that.

A devout man of faith, as many within and without his home church have witnessed, he does none of his selfless acts for recognition or acclaim. That is not who he is. He is called to do what he does.

It should come as no surprise that this special man and his wife have rescued and made a home for many dogs and cats over the years.

I have come to know and love him, and our friendship had its beginnings as members of a barbershop chorus.

If I had to guess, I would say Paul is out helping someone right now, even while you are reading this.

I’d probably be right, too.

APROPOS – “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the

– John Donne