Weekly message from Cypress Church: Be better and serve

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

As I was scrolling through some videos on Facebook I came across an interesting story about Scott Harrison, a former night club promoter, who turned humanitarian and is now the CEO of the non-profit charity: water. His story is all over the Internet and his organization has brought thousands clean water. Charity : water’s new vision is to make clean, safe drinking water available to everyone on the planet. There are a number of videos available on line about Scott’s story. Yes, he is making a difference, but what I noticed as I viewed his story is that he became a better person. What changed him was serving others. See, there is something that happens when we step out of the current of feeding our wants and desires and expend energy on others and sacrifice. We change. We become better and help others.

Article after article expounds on the benefit of serving others. One on line article from the Mental Health Foundation says doing good does you good. Of the many benefits of serving others listed, serving others brings a sense of belonging and it makes the world a better place. Not only these, but there are physical benefits of serving: it reduces stress, it helps get rid of negative feelings, it can even help us live longer. Serving others just makes sense. Let’s be better and serve.

Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

This past Sunday, our Mayor Stacy Berry, who happens to also attend our church, got up to share about her journey of serving. She has served on various boards and organizations and, in addition, is serving on our Cypress city council. This year, she is mayor. Her theme for this year has been a heart for service, challenging people to take on the charge to serve others. One of the main reasons for this theme is how much she has grown as she has stepped up to serve. She has been stretched, squeezed, and pushed as she has served, and she says she is a better person for it. She is closer to God, growing in a heart of compassion for others, and just feels happier. She would say she is better because she is serving.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Galatians 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Yes, we live in a world where so much attention is on our wants, desires, and even our issues. Yes, life is overwhelming and there are always struggles to walk through. And yes, we need to get help, but one help might be to serve others. Where could you serve? What need are you seeing that you could help with? Get involved at your church. Call up your city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Volunteer at your local Senior Center. The world is full of needs and God has placed you here to help.

Yes, church is a great place to discover serving opportunities. If you don’t have a church you regularly attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches. Our website has more information: http://www.cypresschurch.net. You can even attend one of our live-streaming services (see http://live.cypresschurch.net/). We would love for you to join us.