‘Caring: what we do best’

Juliette Fowler Homes in Dallas is a home for the aged and offers a comprehensive program for children, youth and family services. They have a very unique motto: “Caring is the thing we do best.” It is an excellent description of what it means to be a Christian.

Caring is what Jesus was talking about when he commanded, “Love one another as I have loved you.” The greatest definition of love I have ever heard is this: “Love is the desire to give oneself in affirming the well being of another.”

Jesus not only talked about loving, he demonstrated it when he took little children up in his arms and blessed them, when he stopped and talked with a woman beside a well in Samaria, when he fed 5,000 hungry people, when he said to an adulteress, “Neither do I condemn you, go your way and sin no more,” and when he said to a dying thief, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” That is what he calls us to do.

In the early days of my ministry the late Ernest Fremont Tittle was my ideal. He was a great preacher but I learned later in my life that the members of his church in Evanston, Illinois looked on him more as their beloved pastor.

Once a leading Illinois industrialist shared what Dr. Tittle meant to him. He said, “When my wife died, my whole world caved in. In a daze I left the hospital and started walking faster and faster through the night along the shores of Lake Michigan. “For hours I walked, my darkness as thick as the black night around me. Every time I looked back, there was Dr. Tittle just a little way behind me, following. All night I walked, and all night he followed.

“Finally, as the dawn was breaking over the lake, I stopped. Dr. Tittle came up, placed his hand on my arm and said, ‘Let’s go somewhere and get some breakfast.’ You can see why I will always love Dr. Tittle.”

Such is your calling and mine. As followers of the Master let us make this our motto also: “Caring is the thing we do best.”

It was R. L Sharpe who wrote: Isn’t it strange that princes and kings, And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,

And common people like you and me

Are builders for eternity?

Each is given a bag of tools,

A shapeless mass, and a book of rules;

And each must make, ere life is flown,

A stumbling block or a steppingstone.

Rev. Nichols is Minister Emeritus of First Christian Church, Temple, where he was senior minister for 23 years. He writes a religious column for several newspapers.

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