Katrina Reflection from Gary M
Gary M's been coming on to Mississippi for these Habitat trips for more than the majority of them. He's been an integral part of all videos and photographs you've seen, but usually behind the camera, that's why it's hard to find pictures of them. As much as his videos have inspired many to keep returning to Biloxi and the Gulf Coast area, his courage and heart fuel the camaraderie.
Katrina Reflection 5/19/12
After coming back home and unpacking, I started to reflect on the things our team brought home: dirty clothes, yet another HFH T-shirt, dry rub from the Shed, HFH water bottles, bug bites, pictures in our camera, and possibly a pound or two extra muscle (or fat) on the body.
However, more importantly it was not what we brought back but what we left that really counts. Our mission was not to gather and take from the Gulf Coast, but to leave something that remained after we left; a legacy.
The premiere missionary, the Apostle Paul, wrote:
He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:8-15
Did we plant and water while we were there? Did we build something that will stand the test of fire?
We really won’t be absolutely sure until the Day, but that is what really counts when we look back at all that we did.
I look forward to the Final Presentation to especially hear about the planting, watering, and building that left behind a legacy in Mississippi.
|Gary, center in black, with his support group at the airport|