We’re Always “Better Together”

We’re Always “Better Together”

I love God.  I love people.  I love connecting the two.

I believe life is always “better together”.  Since the beginning of creation, God saw that it was very good for Adam  to have Eve.  There’s no shame in needing others.  It’s the way we were created.

For a few years now I’ve been very closely connected to a non-profit organization, The CornerStone Initiative.  I love the heart behind this organization so much so that I humbly serve on their team.  The mission of CornerStone is simple, yet far-reaching …

The CornerStone Initiative is an asset-based Christian community development organization committed to empowering individuals and communities for restoration and transformation through collaboration for education, employment, and enrichment.

CornerStone’s mission is to offer relational support and resources for residents to effect revitalization of neighborhoods based on Christian values of justice, compassion, equality, and peace.

The thing is — we could begin programs and initiatives all by ourselves and try to make a dent in the social justice here in our city– but why would we?  Why would we do all that by ourselves when we have a city full of people who not only want to make a dent but want to rebuild the whole!  We have a city full of very talented, gifted, financially blessed, big-hearted individuals who really want to make some difference in this world…but may not know exactly how or where to start.

What if … we connected all of our “islands”  and  all worked together for the good of the poor?

What if … we worked together to do what Isaiah talks about and rebuild the broken walls in our neighborhoods?

 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

Isaiah 58:12 (NIV)

What if …we all worked together to help others find  sustainable income?

What if …we all worked together to support good education for those who don’t have the same privileges we might have grown up with?

What if …we all worked together to listen and build relationships with people of all social income and economic levels to bring dignity to all?

What if …instead of just “going in to help here and there” we stayed in relationship with others of diverse backgrounds and race?

Seem overwhelming?  I have GOOD NEWS ! 

The CornerStone Initiative is hosting an amazing ONE-DAY event to give tangible hands and feet to this thing we call, loving the poor and marginalized and doing the real life stuff of collaborating for healthy community development in our neighborhoods …

C4 – CornerStone Conference for Community Compassion:  BETTER TOGETHER and you can REGISTER HERE .  

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Also, we are privileged beyond words to have these amazing speakers …

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I have to tell you, I absolutely love listening to people who have paved the way before us and have been serving in the glorious mess of it all before I even had any of this on my radar (as my husband says!).  I desperately need these voices in my life for my own good as well as for the good of others God may put in my path.

We at CornerStone  are incredibly blessed to have John Perkins join us this year.  This man has lived it out for longer than many of us have been alive and I have this longing to learn from His wisdom and long walk with Jesus.  To whet your appetite for a sample of what we’ll hear at the conference … Listen to his voice in the video below as he leans in to the gospel message of Jesus Christ for reconciliation …restoration …relationships for justice for all  …and take the next step to link arms with others for the sake of the whole gospel!  Because as God would have it– we truly are … Better Together!

{E-mail readers– you may have to click on the blog site to view the video.}

If you or your church or organization would like to go a step further and invest in something of lasting benefit … consider becoming a  sponsor for this event, by clicking  here –or contact my good friend, Debbi Akers @ debbi.akers@cornerstone-al.org 

Joy Waters Martin

My kids tease me sometimes that my definition of a situation going well is often described as, "It was 'life-giving' " -- meaning, it may have had some conflicts or uneasy moments or stress but all in all , something about it breathed life into the situation and the people involved...something of the heart was moved in a good direction. I'm all about LIFE ... life with my husband, life with 4 adult children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren (to date, that is :), life in our home and life in a wild adventure we tend to label "ministry". In reality , all of these categories mesh together to make up the "organic me". Relational , redeeming and restoring are some of my favorite words and they give life to my soul as I walk it all out with Jesus Christ, the Giver of all life. Profile Photo by: Melody Martin

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  1. flt

    yes…yes. good words..;-)

  2. Kim Mims

    Oh, WOW….Joy, so well said!!!! Ditto! Ditto!

  3. I hope I can make this day! Worth the drive from Michigan!! Love you Joy!!

    1. Joy Waters Martin

      I would LOVE for you to be here with us, Kim. I want to get your B’ham family here as well . I’m saving a spot at our B &B for you 😉 Love you!

  4. Patty Lowe

    Joy … you live out “better together” every day! 😉 Thank you for your thoughts of love and passionate Christ-guided life in community!

    1. Joy Waters Martin

      Patty …I have learned volumes from you, my friend ! You, too, have paved the way for all of us to walk in this truth. Love you dear friend ! and Thank YOU!

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