I am not much of a “Mr. Fix it.” I get frustrated dealing with carpentry and mechanical things. Lord knows I often give it a good try. Unfortunately my valiant efforts usually wind up with having to hire someone to fix my mistakes. I did not get the handyman genes and apparently my brother got a double portion. He can build, fix, make, engineer just about anything. He recently retired and told me he was going to take a course in HVAC because he wanted to learn more about how air conditioners worked. It is almost beyond my comprehension. I have gifts and skills. It is just that some days mine don’t seem all that practical, especially when something is broken.
I like to cook. I am okay in the kitchen (not a chef by any means) but I love the creative process and learn from watching others. I enjoy playing the guitar and have written a song or two over the years. My wife Beth can sew, she loves the garden and has many other skills. I watch with amazement at what others can do with their hands. I think working with our hands is important. There is something therapeutic when we create something. So much of a home has to do with the work of our hands. Cleaning, cooking, yard work, and painting all contribute to transforming a house into a home.
When I was in high school I worked with an amazing man named Thomas. At one point in his life had been a millionaire in real estate. Sadly his wealth was all on paper and in the real estate crash in the early 1970’s he lost it all. He started working for the bank that owned a lot of the homes that he and others had built. He went around fixing up houses that had sat empty for a year or two. They had vandalism, mechanical and structural issues. As a teenager I worked for him helping him get these houses ready for market.
I remember clearly one day when we were working on some carpentry project, Thomas commented on how it is good for a man to work with his hands and to get them a little dirty. He smiled and said, “Jon, never forget that any kind of work is good, we were created to work, to be productive and contribute to the common good.” Here was a man who used to be chauffeured about, wore thousand dollar suits (even back then) and lived in a big house. By our worldly standards, in that season of his life he was wealthy and successful.
He lost all that, but in the process rediscovered the joy of working with his hands. Thomas taught me not just by his words but by his actions. Thomas found fulfillment in simple hard work. I have too. Maybe I might join my brother in that HVAC class. So as you journey through this life, use not only your mind and your heart, but let your hands be fruitful as well!
While we are on the subject of working with our hands, I would ask for you to consider being a “hands-on” partner with Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center. Here are some practical ways you can “lend a hand” to help us continue to stretch out our hands of help and hope to others…
- You can write a check! Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization so any charitable gift you give is both deeply appreciated and tax deductible (check with your accountant for details).
- You can volunteer to stuff envelopes and do other office and administrative work.
- You can be a “Canterbury Ambassador.” We don’t want to be Central Florida’s “Best Kept Secret.” We are always looking for ambassadors who will contact local businesses and organizations to tell them about Canterbury or a specific event we may be hosting.
- You can help with maintenance. As you might imagine, with nearly 50 acres of wooded properly and multiple buildings, there is always something that needs repair or improvement. Perhaps you’d like to volunteer to help us keep our grounds looking nice, or painting a room or doing some other home improvement work?
We’d be honored and so grateful if part of your journey home included investing some of your time, talent and treasure with Canterbury! Your involvement will make a wonderful difference.
Holiday Wild Game Dinner
Saturday December 17th 5pm-8pm
At Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center we have established a Holiday tradition in The Holiday Wild Game Dinner and Christmas Concert with David Teems. Join us for a celebration of the season with great food, warm moments of fellowship, great conversation, delicious desserts and thrilling entertainment.
It is a little early to know the exact menu but in years past we’ve serve venison, elk, wild boar, bison, game birds and more. All this surrounded with traditional holiday favorites, fresh baked breads and amazing appetizers. Plan now and make reservations for this unique and wonderful moment. Make this your office Christmas party, treat your staff or your neighbors and spread the Christmas Spirit!
The best dessert of all is an evening concert with David Teems. David is a gifted singer, songwriter and musician. He is also an author and poet. You’ll be amazed at his talent and his fluid ability as a performer and troubadour.
Become a part of the Canterbury Team!
Choose a level of giving that’s right for you:
Join us at $1.00 per day ($40.00)…Canterbury Friend
Join us at $10.00 per day ($400.00)…Canterbury Partner
Join at $100.00 per day ($4000.00)…Canterbury Champion
ONLINE: Click here to give now
PHONE: 407-365-5571 (credit card over phone)
MAIL to: CANTERBURY / 1601 Alafaya Trail / Oviedo, FL 32765
(Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. All donors will receive an itemized tax receipt.)