My grandma used to tell me when I was a kid that one of the best ways to make your own heart happy was to do something for someone else. Together my grandma, brother, and I would think of projects that we could do that would bless other people. We would come up with all sorts of things from taking the garbage out, to baking cookies for the elderly man down the street, to buying toys for a family in need. It didn’t matter how we served or what we did as long as we were serving someone else. The best projects of all were the ones we could do in secret, leaving money in someone’s mailbox, or raking their leaves when they were away. It was our little secret that brought us a tremendous amount of joy.
My grandma gave a wonderful gift to me at a very young age. She gave me the gift of recognizing that happiness was not in accumulating things for myself, but in sharing love with others. Hebrews 10:24 says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” When we have Christ living in our hearts, He wants us to share that love with others. That love comes in many different forms such as prayer, words of encouragement, spending time and serving others. Something beautiful happens in our hearts when we are willing to give our time and gifts to be used by Him. Not only does our community change for the better, our hearts experience such deep joy and contentment knowing that we are ultimately serving Him when we give of ourselves and reach out to others.
At Cedar Hills we offer many different opportunities to serve. We love to see people serving where they are passionate, so if that is in a classroom with children, out in the community stocking food bank shelves, or simply greeting people with a smile, there is a place for you. And whether your team is at church, in the community, or simply made up of your grandma and brother, I encourage you to jump in. You will experience a satisfaction that money can’t buy, and a fulfillment in your heart knowing that you are making the world a better place, one freshly raked yard, and baked cookie at a time.