Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain.
Recently, my husband, Danny, and I travel up to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to attend a Habitat for Humanity home dedication. The reason? This particular group in Rutherford County has partnered with Energy Star; they are committed to meeting the qualifications for energy efficiency and sustainability in all their building projects. As Danny is their regional Energy Star coordinator, it is fitting that he attend, and he is delighted to be the keynote speaker.
Danny knows it is not an easy task meeting Energy Star standards. It is anything but the inexpensive, cut-the-corner routes too many builders opt for. But, in the long run, it pays off for both homeowner and energy provider. The less energy used, the lower the bills for the consumer. In turn, this places less pressure on the providers to rely solely on non-renewable resources like coal and natural gas; it gives them the option to explore renewable fuel sources such as wind and solar power.
It's a marvelous trade-off.
But, more importantly, by practicing sustainable building practices, Habitat for Humanity and its sponsors honor the Lord and the earth He has created. They are serving this generation in light of the generations to come. They are paying it forward. With love for God and for their neighbors.
The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity sums it up: "Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope."
Hope . . .
For a better home. A better environment. A better future.
Because, as the Energy Star slogan confirms, "Better is better!"
Here are some photos taken at the dedication and blessing of this new home.
Sign recognizing corporate and individual sponsors
Presentation of a brand new Bible to go with a brand new house!
Danny with the proud homeowner and her son
Addressing the gathering
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon! Welcome home!
Will you consider contributing your resources and/or your time to a Habitat for Humanity organization in your community?
Will you pray with me?
Father, please bless and keep all those who are involved with Habitat for Humanity throughout the world. May they continue to be the hands and feet of Christ Jesus in this world. May they shine the light of your wondrous love upon all whom they serve. Amen.