Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. (James 3:13 NRSV)
Millard Fuller was a successful lawyer. But he was dissatisfied. He had it all, and he decided he had virtually nothing. One day he decided to do something about it.
He and Linda, his wife, walked out of the law practice, sold all their possessions, gave the money to the poor, and joined Clarence Jordon at Kolnonla Farms, a Christian Community outside Americus, Georgia. Together with other Christians of the community, they searched for a focus for their lives that would have meaning.
Eventually, they established an organization that has come to be called HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. You have read about them. President Carter has worked with them, pounding nails. The wonderful idea is simply, in Millard Fuller's words, that "all God's people ought to have simple, decent, affordable housing." So they work along with others, find some poor, decent folk who are willing to work to better their situations, and they work along with them to build a simple, decent house to live in. And when they're done, these folk have a house at a cost that is affordable. Habitat for Humanity is having a remarkable impact all over this world.
We need to give feet to our convictions.
Dear God, my actions may not revolutionize the world, but may my actions simply make a difference. In Jesus name, Amen.
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