There is an amazing story of one individual who saved seventeen people during the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey. This hero woke up at 2 am, swam through the debris and unknown perils of a storm-raging flood, moving from place to place equipped with only an inflated air mattress. Saving seventeen people, fighting the elements and unknown dangers is enough to hold this rescue effort remarkable. However, what makes this story stand out from the others is that this individual is not a rescue worker, not a first responder, not a nurse or doctor or police officer or community official, this person in not even an adult! He is thirteen-year-old Virgil Smith. You can view his inspiring story on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y8HjalvoaM. Wow! Truly amazing!! In a world where the norm is either: apathy, self-obsession, fear-driven non-involvement, looking to receive over looking to give, is a kid who gets it, who choses to do good and help people.
I found this video in a post by Tim Elmore (https://growingleaders.com/). Tim was admiring Virgil’s leadership, though Virgil did not consider himself as a leader. Yet Virgil’s actions spoke differently and his choice to do what he did makes him a leader. Leadership is not a position; it’s taking the initiative to do good and help people. This is something that we all can do. We all can make choices to do good and help people. The Bible encourages us this way:
Hebrews 13:16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Proverbs 3:27-28 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
We each have strengths, abilities, talents where we can do good and help people
1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
We can volunteer in our local schools, help out at the Boy and Girl’s Clubs, get involved in your church or find a church to get involved in. We can also join committees and service teams to help solve problems, create better programs, and deal with community issues. Most certainly we can help our neighbors and find ways to bless and encourage them.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
I was inspired by Virgil’s choice to do good and help people. What about you? How could you do good and help people today?
Yes, church can be a place to do good and help people and to join with others in this effort. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. Let’s make our world a better place together.
Seeking to do good and help people along with you,