In my last post, living aloha, I stated that life was about loving other people. It is appropriate then, that I show what loving people looks like. After my trip to Hawaii I set off for another adventure: Kentucky. My youth group at church takes part in an annual mission trip to Kentucky to work on house building projects. Immediatly, I didn’t want to go. I was a selfish 18-year-old, who had just seen the world in Italy and Greece and Turkey for two weeks, and then pranced around Hawaii for another couple of weeks, and now was being forced into Kentucky. My body was tired from seeing so much and from experiencing so many different time zones. But it took all of one eight-hour car ride for our little group to give each other nicknames, make fun of each other, and become friends. By the time we arrived in Kentucky, we loved each other.
During the week in Kentucky we worked on building a house from the ground up for a family whose previous home was lost in a fire. I had a chance to frame, put up siding, and roof a house. My love of power tools was instant, I was fearless when it came to walking on the 2x4s twenty feet in the air. And I never needed a break. I went to bed exhausted every night and had the best sleep of my life. Our one touristy thing that we got to do was see a moonbow. Cumberland Falls in kentucky is one of the handful of places in the world where you can see a genuine moonbow. And let me tell you, it is a thing of beauty. It is a silver, glittering, misty rainbow, shimmering and smoking in the dark. When I saw the moonbow I had no idea how rare such things were. It was a nice treat.
At the end of the week the house was complete, and there was a major sense of accomplishment. But this trip taught me something very important about myself. I love helping people in practical ways. Give me a house to build, a meal to put in someone’s hands, give me a curriculum and I’ll give someone an education. Everyone needs help at some point or another in their lives. never be afraid to lend someone a hand, because sooner or later, you’ll be the one who needs the help of others.