Do you see that house?
Yeah, I built it.
I did not build it by myself, but I helped.
I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity last weekend.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that builds and sells affordable housing for underprivileged families.
I had the experience of a lifetime.
I am going to try to explain what I did.
I’m not much of a construction worker, so I may say the wrong thing.
Forgive me if I do.
My job was to nail the wooden “slates” into place.
It was very hard for me because it was my first time using a hammer.
I hit my fingers more than once.
I bent most of the nails I tried to hammer.
I got splinters. I fell in the mud.
I was cold.
I was tired.
I worked hard.
The only thing is I did not care.
I did not care that it was cold.
I did not care that I was dirty or tired.
I didn’t even care about the splinters.
I knew that I would sleep.
I knew that I had a place to stay.
I was there to make a difference.
I was doing something that was bigger than myself.
The house I was building was more than just a house.
It was a home.
It would change the life of a family.
I was happy because I helped.
I was happy because I challenged myself.
I was happy because I made a difference.
““The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.”
If you are interested in affordable housing or volunteering, go to habitat.org