So Good to Me
Each Thursday morning I get up earlier than usual. Being mostly retired, I take great pleasure sleeping past 6 a.m. You might know a song by The Mamas and the Papas that came out in 1966 titled “Monday, Monday.” The opening lyrics, “Monday, Monday, so good to me,” will always illustrate how I feel about Thursdays.
So why are Thursdays so special? It all started in the spring of 2009 when Ken Howe asked me to be part of a group of volunteers from Newberg Friends to help on Saturday with the Habitat for Humanity project being built on Main Street. I gladly accepted the invitation and have been volunteering mostly on Thursdays ever since.
What is Habitat for Humanity? The organization was started in 1976 by Christian missionaries Millard and Linda Fuller to address the issue of affordable housing in parts of Africa. In 1984, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn, started the first Habitat for Humanity in the U.S.—in New York City. Their goal was to offer a “hand up not a hand out.” Over the past 40 years, volunteers for HFH have built more than 3,500 homes in the U.S.!
Why do I volunteer? Because I get to have a whole lot of fun and share in the camaraderie with a group of Christian men—and on occasion women—each Thursday as we offer our time and energy for the great cause of building affordable houses for people in our community! Just look at Matthew 25:14-30, the passage about giving your time and talents. I have time, but I don’t have a lot of talents. Before you think I’m being humble about my talents, I’ll remind you that a talent in biblical times was a form of money valued at about 60 pounds of silver. That equaled nine years of a man’s labor.
When I started, I thought I had some talent, but not in biblical terms. This clarifies why I give my time.
Our local HFH unit is small compared to those in bigger towns and cities and this is why we do almost everything on the houses we build from the ground up. Several local businesses and contractors are called in to help with the bigger projects.
I’ve just finished my seventh year with Habitat. I’ve had the pleasure to build a number of homes for deserving families. I was also around when the Habitat Restore opened and helped on numerous “A Brush with Kindness” projects that assist people with small home repairs. In it all, I received the bigger blessing.
You too can join in the blessings. A special Habitat work day has been promoted here in Your NFC by the Sandals Sunday school class and Rick Muthiah. We hope you plan to join us tomorrow morning and/or afternoon. Anyone can come! Call Rick at 503-332-4940 for information about the work day. You’re in for a lot of fun!