There are not many uses for a 14-year-old boy. One of those few uses has to do with putting on a new roof. On such occasions a young, strong, and generally ignorant of what he volunteered for boy is well suited for fetching and handing things to men who know whatever it is they might be doing. Putting a roof on the new boys dorm at church summer camp was my one and only such 14-year-old experience. All things considered, it is all the roofing experience I'd care to accumulate in this lifetime, thank you.
I was reminded of my sole roofing job when the men's ministry of Christ Community Church met to plan replacing the roof on the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Brazil. As ministry leader Jim Evans pointed out, "doing stuff" is what men do best. Those gathered had a great deal more experience than I in this business of putting on a roof. They seemed to know about nails and materials, work schedules, permits, costs, and even how much coffee such a job entails.
There was a call for volunteers and/or money. My wife Kay, envisioning me climbing on a roof, chose money.
The project is scheduled to begin Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 a.m. (there's a 7 in the morning, too?). My part is to wish them well and stay out of the way. It has been a very, very long time since I was 14.
As it is with many things done in Jesus name by Christian men, there is more to this project than "doing stuff". There are many worthy works done in Clay County that may need roofing. When any church stands up and says, "this we will do in Jesus name", it ceases to be stuff and becomes statement. In doing this thing, helping that person, the Christian makes a determination: This is the work of God on earth, and we need cover it with the love of Jesus.
Crisis Pregnancy Center provides a service to our community by offering sanctuary in time of trouble to those who may not know where else to turn. The essence of such provision is to do so without prerequisite of agreement or demand for compliance. It is sanctuary provided simply because He, through me (or thee), cares. That is the way it always must be when Christians extend the compassion of Christ, unrestricted and unrestrained.
As this blog is being prepared for posting it has been 10 years since the world changed.
Truth is the world hasn't changed all that much after all.
Those who hate the good still die "to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10.10, KJV).
Those who love the good still live to cover a sanctuary with a roof.