Last week, I attended a Habitat conference in Atlanta and had the opportunity to listen to some of God’s wisdom coming through the mouth of Clive Rainey, Habitat’s first volunteer back in 1977.

Clive’s meditation focused on the prophet Nehemiah.  Clive said that Nehemiah saw the walls around Jerusalem in ruins and, in disgust, proclaimed, “This is a disgrace!  We don’t have to live like this!”

Nehemiah then mobilized the City and in 52 days the City Wall was totally rebuilt by an entire community effort that involved courage (there were enemies out there) and sacrifice.

When you get a chance, read the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.  It reads just like a story to be told of a Habitat build project, just on a much grander scale.

Raleigh and Wake County are often listed as the #1 place to live in the United States.  Sometimes I think that the raters must have overlooked some neighborhoods where I’m sure the residents would wonder, “if this is #1, I’d hate to see….”

Habitat’s founder Millard Fuller would often say that, “The opposite of grace is disgrace”.  Do you want to live in a graceful community or a disgraceful one?”  Here’s to a graceful Raleigh and Wake County, where everyone has a simple, decent, affordable place to call home.