Move Over Shane Claiborne!

Move over, Shane, here comes Joshua:

Joshua Smith is a 9-year-old boy who gets things done. His home city of Detroit is currently suffering from serious financial hardship, preventing it from providing some basic services, like maintaining the city’s parks. Frustrated with being unable to play due to the amount of rubbish on the ground, Joshua decided to take things into his own hands. He set up a lemonade stand and started selling organic lemonade, fruit punch, water and popcorn in his Russell Woods neighborhood. In just one week, he has raised $3,000 for the city’s parks!

Over the past week, the young entrepreneur has been showered with awards and accolades for his outstanding achievement. In fact, last Friday the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation announced that when Joshua graduates high school, it will give him a $2,000 scholarship, as long as he graduates with a GPA of at least 2.5. Also flocking to Joshua’s cause is a volunteer group called theDetroit Mower Gang, who came into Joshua’s neighborhood Friday and mowed the two parks closest to his home with eight tractors and a dozen volunteers.

Three members of the University of Michigan basketball team also visited Joshua, giving him signed U-M swag and $20 for his cause. ”Seeing a 9-year-old try to make a difference in the city and clean up the parks and make the city look like a better place, it says a lot about the kid and the maturity he has at an early age,” said 6 foot 8 inch centre Jordan Morgan.

As for Joshua himself? It’s seems he is just as humble as he is resourceful: “I’m just getting a lot of support, and that makes me feel good,” he told the Detroit Free Press.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • James Rednour

    I’m surprised the cops didn’t bust him for operating a lemonade stand without a license.

  • http://jesus.scilla.org.uk/ Chris Jefferies

    This is something we all need to do, wherever we live and whatever the circumstances. If every follower of the Way made things just a little better. If I loved my neighbours a little more effectively. If we all did little, practical things to show the Father’s love to a broken world. Then we would have the Kingdom of Heaven right here on Earth every day.

    So what is holding me back?

    What an example Joshua has given us. He has the same name as the Son of Man and in his own nine-year-old way is doing the same work of redeeming the world.

    Perhaps what holds me back is the rationalisation that the little I can do is insignificant. The significance is in the effect on the many.

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    Chris Jefferies, I rationalize my holding back based on my family. But we all know that is not the real reason.


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