My wife, Kristi, teaches kindergarten here in Cypress, and I love visiting her class through the year. Not only is she an amazing teacher (oh by the way, she was just voted teacher of the year for her school this year. Way to go, Babe!), but each year she has an amazing group of students. These wonderful pint-size people are so kind, nice, fun, loving, and very helpful. They love to help. Being the ‘helper’ is a great honor and they look forward to it. They don’t just like helping the teacher, but they even enjoy helping each other, and seem to have this incredible ability to notice when others need help. On one of my visits, as the kids were enjoying a snack outside, one child could not quite get the wrapper off her Popsicle. Immediately another little girl handed her treat to a friend and assisted this one having trouble. After the situation was managed the girl who was helped gave the helper a hug and all went on enjoying the moment. Not only did this brief moment of giving help solve a problem, but joy, love, fun, and togetherness were fostered. There is a lasting power created as we provide help.
The challenge from the Bible is clear…
Proverbs 3:27-28 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it” – when you have it with you.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
One of our great purposes in life is to bless others through helping. Jesus said it this way:
John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
To love someone is to be a help, to be like those kindergartners and notice someone’s need and, if it is in our power to do so, to provide some assistance, support, relief, or aid. As part of life, we are see ourselves as contributors more than consumers or customers.
Romans 12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
The word ‘hospitality’ means being kind to, or helping, strangers. It is to help those we know and those we don’t know. Doing so blesses those in need and lifts their spirits. We could actually makes someone’s day by providing some help; assisting a widow with some needed yard work, spending some time with a lonely person, offering to give a young mother or single mom a break by helping with needed chores or watching the kids for a bit, volunteering in your city or church or school. Your helping hand has lasting power that not only meets a present need, but provides the lasting value of love, kindness, and togetherness. There is also a blessing for those who do help.
Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his deed.
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.
Much of this blessing is in the great satisfaction we are being a contributing part of our community. Why not be that helper our world, your world needs. Your helping actions will push back loneliness, despair, and isolation. Your assistance with foster love, joy, and point people to God.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Let’s learn a lesson from some kindergartners and be those helpers we were created to be. There is a lasting power just waiting to be unleashed. Why not through you?
Church is a wonderful place to learn and grow in how to be that helper God created us to be. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . It would be a great joy to see you.
Looking for opportunities to unleash the power of help alongside you,