This past week, my family took part in a missions trip to Eastern Kentucky. Specifically, we rebuilt portions of folks’ homes in Frenchburg, held a week long education program for the area children and helped organize the area food and clothing pantry for those in greatest need.

My family was tasked with helping a few other members of our church in building a deck for one family. This project turned into a new living room wall, floor and the repair of the wall and floor in a bedroom too. Across this week, we got to learn about the family, their trials, and how they’ve coped.


One story that I heard from another work site that our church was working on, was one of, ‘good enough.’ You see, the amount of work that WE think should have been done would take months for us to complete.

On this other site, our pastor, Doug, was talking with the local hardware and lumber guy and expressing his dismay at all the other work that he thought needed to be done. After explaining what his crew was doing for his family, Doug heard the following statement from the lumber guy, ‘Dat’lldo.’

Doug asked the gentleman to repeat and the lumber guy said again, ‘Dat’lldo.’ Meaning, ‘That will do.’

No. No it Won’t.

You see, I believe there is a difference between good enough and my best. Given the task we had, we did our best at building a brand new deck. It also happened to include the reconstruction of the living room exterior wall, part of the floor and portions of the guest bedroom wall, floor and closet.

We could have easily spent the next month, or so, rebuilding the whole structure for this family.

‘That will do?’ Really? All we did was spend a week building a deck and reconstructing a portions of a home that, for all intents and purposes, should have been razed.

‘That will do?’ Maybe for the folks in that region. Maybe for the folks whose lives we touched for such a brief moment, in the light of eternity.

‘That will do’ for me? No. Not even close. These folks, and countless millions like them, need to be shown the love and, most importantly, the grace of the cross.

Leaving my blood, sweat and tears on that one deck in Eastern Kentucky does not come close to, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’

Dat’lldo versus Well Done?

Want to see what “Well done” looks like?

It may be five minutes in length, but this video of a husband and father (dead link) gives us a great picture of the impact of how our best can impact a family’s life.

[The video showed a husband and his gratitude for the work that was accomplished the summer of 2011. His home had become unlivable due to a roof that was caving in under so much water gathering above. We built a roof over his home, after draining the water, and his gratitude quickly surfaced as he recounted what had been done for him without any expectations.]

2 Responses to Dat’lldo

  1. Great post Todd. I am so happy that you were able to experience this with your community and make a difference in that town in Kentucky. I’m praying that God will open the right doors for me to be able to go on a mission trip to experience what you did. Welcome back!

  2. @patrickreyes Thanks, Patrick! I would suggest touching base with tom vanderwell and God’s Littlest Angels – Haiti: http://godslittlestangelsinhaiti.org I think he is trying to organize a few folks to go to Haiti and do some construction on the orphaniage. Then there is davesacre favorite, http://www.raincatchers.org. They go about 2/3 times a year and build water collection facilities.Of course, something around SE MI wouldn’t be bad either!

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