The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 6:9
Millard and Linda Fuller were, by all accounts, a successful couple. Their early success in life led them to be millionaires before they were 30 years old. Their hard work took a toll on their lives and their marriage.
Thankfully, they were unwilling to let their marriage fail. With the same determination they had to build a successful business, they set out to use their wealth to help others and hopefully find new life for themselves.
Their intentional kindness led them to help others. They started by partnering with a small ministry in Georgia that was working on houses for low-income families. In just a few years, this partnership grew into what is now known as Habitat for Humanity. The Fuller’s early work and contributions helped to develop a worldwide ministry that has built over 1 million homes.
Millard and Linda Fuller were not skilled builders. Neither had ever really worked with a hammer or screwdriver. They were, however, willing to listen to God. During tremendous pain in their personal life, they changed their focus and began working to bless other’s lives. Because they changed their game, over 5 million people have been blessed with affordable housing.
God wants to use us to make a difference in the lives of others. When we listen to God, especially in the difficult times of our lives, God will lead us. His grace will help us to find a way to use our gifts and resources to be a blessing in the world. Like the Fuller family, when we turn our focus to giving and making a difference, we will find life, joy, and the gift of knowing we have blessed others.
– Rev. Keith King, Pastor of Worship