Unlike some of you, I’ve not lived here all my life. I did however grow up in a small town called St. George, where everyone literally does know your name. Before God moved my family to Walterboro, I really wasn’t sure what it would be like to live in Colleton County. Yet, as each day passes my love only grows for the people in this area.
I’m sure being a pastor and hospice chaplain to so many has only accelerated my getting to know this community. Not to mention my four boys have attended 4 of the 5 public schools in Walterboro. I can’t say enough about the experiences my family has had over the past four years. I love the schools, teachers, community events, recreation activities, coaches, parks and a place that just feels like home. Most of all, I’ve really fallen in love with the people that make up this county.
I know there are many that still live wrecklessly and carelessly. But, overall, I’ve been impressed by the heartbeat of this county. Many people here really do care and love each other. When someone local is going through a tough time, many will do whatever they can to lend a helping hand.
This past week, tragedy hit several local families. Seemed like every other day someone was being air lifted to MUSC in Charleston. On one of my visits there, I was surprised to hear what one man said at the MUSC information counter. He said, “Most of the visitors we’ve seen lately have all come from the Walterboro area.” I couldn’t help but smile because I knew that reflected many of the hearts I know in Colleton County.
Yes, I know there is much work to be done in this community and there are many areas that need improvement. But I’m proud to live here. A place where people really do care about each other. A place where we understand it’s not about how much money you have in your pocket, but the amount of love in your heart.
So, let’s all continue to do our part in carrying out one of the greatest commandments given to us by Jesus. Because as I tell the folks at Refuge Church often, people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)