Going the extra mile

I’ve seen DIY SOS on and off since the first series. Initially, the show featured a revamp of one or two rooms in a house, plus trailers for three other jobs that needed doing. The viewers elected whose house should be renovated on the next show.

Perhaps the producers decided this was unfair – particularly as some families who desperately needed help were rejected on the popular vote. Whatever the reason, the second or third series dropped the voting, and concentrating more on the impact of the family.

Series 20 takes it even further with “The Big Build” . The team were asked to renovate two rooms in Liz’s house, to make it safer for her Down Syndrome son James. But when they arrived, they found half-completed, botched jobs from a developer who had since disappeared. They told Liz they would sort out the lounge and wet room on the ground floor, but instead completed the work on the whole house, assisted by hoards of friends, neighbours, and local contractors.

It reminded me of the command of Jesus to go the extra mile (Matthew 5:41). Roman soldiers could force civilians to carry their pack one mile. Jesus suggested his followers should volunteer to go further than required. What am impact we’d make if we followed the example of The Big Build and of Jesus in doing ALL that we could for the people around us.

About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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