McClintock: Many Hands
“Many hands make light work”
John Heywood (1497-1580), English playwright and poet, wrote this proverb but the truth behind it isn’t new. Many examples prove this true throughout scripture and history. Ecclesiastes 4:12 reminds us that “if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” There is strength in numbers.
Also in Scripture, Nehemiah had an incredibly hard task ahead of him when the People of God return from captivity in Babylon. They had to build a wall to protect Jerusalem. While all the naysayers said that it couldn’t be done, in Nehemiah 4:6, it states, “We kept at it, repairing and rebuilding the wall. The whole wall was soon joined together and halfway to its intended height.” During the construction, Nehemiah instructed half of the builders to build while the other half held weapons to protect those working on this wall. Working together, they completed the wall in only 52 days.
Henry Ford also employed this proverb in the making of the Model T. In 1908, a single car cost a staggering $950 and took 728 minutes to build. However, using many hands in an assembly line, Ford was able to drop the price to $280 and production time to 93 minutes.
On Tuesday nights at McClintock we use the same adage, Many hands make light work. Over the years, many churches have come to see what we do every Tuesday at McClintock. Most walk away thinking that the work is overwhelming. What makes it work for Christ Lutheran? The answer is simple. Many hands.
I drive one van. I make two round trips to an apartment complex to pick up families. I drive from 5:00 to 6:00. I get to meet the children, talk with the families, and work with some of the most awesome and dedicated volunteers from church. I don’t do much but I like to think that I make the work just a little lighter for others.
Want to lend a hand? Want to help lighten the load? If you have some free time on Tuesday nights, come and join me and 100 others whose many hands make light work.
Your Handy Pastor,