Monday, March 21, 2005

In Praise of Habitat for Humanity

How did you spend your Saturday? I spent mine lifting rafters, installing roof decking, climbing ladders, hammering nails (mine and the metal pointy type), and having a tremendously fulfilling day working on the latest joint Dunwoody UMC / St. James UMC Habitat for Humanity house in Atlanta. In addition to volunteers from the two churches, a few Navy and Marine personnel showed up. (In both senses of the term - showed up to work and showed us up with their superior physical skills.)

True, at the kids' Easter Egg hunt the next day, I had to crawl on my knees to actually pick up the eggs, and also true that if someone told me to "stick 'em up" today I would have to request to be shot instead - but that is a byproduct of me thinking and acting as if I am still 18 years old, not any fault of Habitat.

I highly recommend spending at least one day out of one weekend of your life doing something like Habitat. Pick a charity or other worthy cause. The soreness in your muscles fades long before the good feeling in your soul does.

(Aside - if you get nothing else from this post, at least click on the St. James UMC website link. Now that is a cool webite entry, ain't it?)

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