“You Survived to Serve”
I have felt survivor guilt. I’m finding that many people who have gone through Hurricane Harvey are feeling this.
On one hand I am so grateful, so thankful that we stayed dry, safe, and powered throughout the entirety of Harvey’s onslaught on Houston. We are doing well on a personal and church level. None of our members had any truly significant damage and all of our equipment was untouched by the flooding (this was a concern for us as we are a portable church and most of our equipment is located in a trailer parked in a significantly flooded area).
On the other hand I hurt and ache for those who lost everything or will soon due to coming drainage floods (Worst Flooding Is In Front Of Us). I see video of people being rescued. Then there are the pictures of homes still underwater. I watch stories on the news of families trying to escape the flooding waters still. I read news articles of mandatory evacuations being ordered even last night. And then the growing count of those who have lost their lives.
I feel guilty. So guilty. I’ve prayed and prayed. The message I feel deep in my spirit and to the depth of my bones is this:
“YOU SURVIVED TO SERVE”
This has been the gist of my message to our church and those who have been personally unscathed by the the storm. We have survived this IMMENSE devastation to serve others. If we are still standing it is not because of our strong planning or excellent preparation, but by the grace of God. We are here to demonstrate our Savior’s love. We are here to serve others.
These words of Jesus have been ringing in my heart over these past few days:
 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  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. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Do good! Serve others, not for your own fame, but for the good of people and ultimately for the glory of God.
I am thankful for a church that is doing this. They have been serving from the moment they were able to get out of their homes. They haven’t stopped.
Our church won’t stop. This city is our home and we are in this thing for the long haul. If you’d like to help us help our community YOU CAN DONATE HERE. Every dollar is 100% tax deductible and is used to help victims of this catastrophe.
I’m also thankful for our denomination (Southern Baptist) that puts a priority on disaster relief. Both state and national levels are on the ground already. They are serving meals, organizing clean up crews, providing showers, and ministering the gospel to those who have lost so much. If you’d like to donate to them you can do so here: Southern Baptist of Texas Disaster Relief.
Remember, we have survived to serve. You can’t serve everyone, but everyone can serve someone.