River Walk

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


On a recent flight, my friend Dan overheard a conversation about the San Antonio River Walk. At first, the couple talked about their marvelous visit. As a San Antonian, my friend silently beamed.

Then the man said it wasn’t so much a river as a drainage ditch. The nerve! My friend’s civic pride boiled, and he was about to interrupt when the irony struck him: The River Walk was once a drainage ditch. For years, it was a long, winding eyesore—until someone’s vision, and years of labor, produced Texas’ number one tourist attraction.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge with this reminder. Don’t look at things as they are now. See them for what they could be. Remember, creativity and vision can even turn an eyesore into an attraction—in the high calling of our daily work.

"I have taken great pains to provide for the temple of the LORD a hundred thousand talents of gold, a million talents of silver, quantities of bronze and iron too great to be weighed, and wood and stone. And you may add to them. You have many workmen: stonecutters, masons and carpenters, as well as men skilled in every kind of work in gold and silver, bronze and iron—craftsmen beyond number. Now begin the work, and the LORD be with you."

(1 Chron. 22:14-16)