Psalms 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city the guards stand watch in vain.”

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     There are times when even the most skillful contractors find themselves weary. If you have ever been part of any building project, you’ve probably found yourself in the construction phase- asking yourself “will the end result be worth with the time and effort I have put in?”
     When I read a report from one of our Center Directors, I was reminded of the scripture in Psalms 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city the guards stand watch in vain.”
     During a regular Earn While You Learn class one of our clients finally shared a piece of his life with our Director. He comes to parenting classes with his girlfriend, and typically keeps to himself, and only speaks to answer questions directed to him.
On this particular day he shared some of his personal history. He came from a life of drug and alcohol abuse. He dropped out of High School, and felt he had nothing going well in his life.  He told her that one day he woke up to his (then) 2 or 3 year old daughter asking him “Daddy are you drunk?” It was in that moment that the reality hit him, “I needed to change” he said. He realized that although his daughter was still so young, she was absorbing everything around her. He couldn’t believe that she already knew about alcohol! “I went through a process that was hard, because this was the only lifestyle I had come to know. Since coming to these parenting classes, I feel a lot better about myself. The way I parent now, has improved from the way I used to parent.”
     Ministry is not for the faint of heart, especially in a Pregnancy Resource Center like ours. Our main goal is to connect people with the love of Christ. Our end goal is to make abortion virtually obsolete. For this to become a reality we know that without building a solid relationship with people the way Jesus did with His disciples- our “labor” is done in vain.
     The gentleman in the story was of course not seeking his “options” as it pertains to an unplanned pregnancy. He was in search of what being a Father really meant. We were able to provide the resources he needed to improve his parenting. And in return we have hope that his daughter will be standing on our wall with us, not walking through the door seeking her “options”. We believe in building a culture that values life. And most often it begins in the home.
     Take your place on our Wall of Hope; your time and effort is definitely worth the end result. Visit us at www.livinghopecenters.org/volunteer - together we can make our goal a reality.