In 1905, when my grandmother opened her mercantile store in Kerrville, Texas, she had no visions of a large grocery chain. Her husband was disabled, and her sights were firmly fixed on family survival. The first day on the property, while sweeping out the store, she found a New Testament left by the former tenants.

What did she do? Gran picked up the Bible and said to herself, “This is a good omen.” Right on the spot, she knelt and dedicated her business to God.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. My grandmother was a working woman who made the grocery business her ministry. She lived to help others. She inspires me today as a beautiful model of the high calling of our daily work.

“But those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

(Isa. 40:31)

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