A friend of mine grew up in a great foster family. As an adult, she wanted to know about her earlier childhood with abusive parents—and looked up her files.

That's when a surprising hero emerged. Years before, meeting after meeting, the caseworker had typed meticulous reports. Caseworkers are often overworked and unsung, wondering if their tedious work makes any difference.

This time it did. Not only was a child saved; years later, a caseworker's painstaking reports helped my friend know and understand her past.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Obeying tiresome bureaucracy, a worker faithfully completed triplicate forms. We never know when the time we take for this day's details will have a life-changing effect . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

Pointing to his disciples, [Jesus] said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

Image by Karl-Ludwig Poggemann. Used with permission. Sourced via Flickr.

Originally Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013

Howard E. Butt, Jr., served as president of the H. E. Butt Foundation until 2014. He is the founder of Laity Lodge and The High Calling, and serves as vice chairman of the H. E. Butt Grocery Company.


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