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What would you have done; Good Samaritan or Not?
Recently I went to the store to purchase a wheelbarrow. I was doing some work in my yard, and it was time to purchase a new one. So I went to the store to view my options so that I could make a decision. I had a few questions regarding the different wheelbarrows, so I needed to speak with an employee. At the time, they were focused on their specific duties and were very uninterested in helping. I finally made the decision as to which one to purchase. After asking for help multiple times, an employee walked outside where the wheelbarrows were displayed and unwrapped the cable that locked them all together. I went back inside and finished my purchase.
I walked out of the store expecting to see someone waiting there to help me load it into my vehicle. Instead, I found the wheelbarrow sitting by itself on the edge of the sidewalk. I thought – ok, no big deal. It’s light enough that I can do it myself. So I picked up the handles of the wheelbarrow and walked it over to my car, which was directly across from the store. As I opened the hatch of my SUV and tried to put it in the back, I realized that I really did need help. It was simply bulky and awkward.
I was parked towards the front of the main parking entrance, so everyone pretty much had to walk by me. I stood at the back of my car and looked around as if looking for some help. I saw a man look right towards me and then purposely walk a parking aisle over so that he did not have to help. I was a little disappointed because I really needed some help. I then watched as a local business work truck pulled in. The man got out of his vehicle, looked my direction and followed the same path as the other man. Wow!! What happened to helping other people? What happened to love and compassion for others?
As I stood there trying to figure out what to do, I once again tried to load it by myself. All of a sudden I heard a gentle voice next to me asking if I needed help. There was a man parked right next to me who had just come out of the store. He walked over to the back of my vehicle and helped lift the wheelbarrow into the car. I thanked him, and he drove off.
I thought about this incident throughout the day, wondering what God wanted to show me. He reminded me of the story of the Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25-37) Two men walked by the injured man on the road. The Bible says they actually walked around. You see, they didn’t want to get involved. The third man, the Good Samaritan, stepped in and took care of the injured man. He had compassion on him.
Luke 10:31-33 (NKJV)
31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion.
In a world that has become so focused on having its own way and being politically correct, we have forgotten the basics of love. You see, love doesn’t see color: Love is color blind! Love does not demand its own way. Love is willing to compromise for the sake of others! Love does not harm; it protects!
We are not so far away from love that we cannot bring back the basics of loving others, showing compassion for others, helping others without expecting something in return. I believe if each of us loves those that are in our circle, our territory so-to-speak, we can truly change the world around us. Change begins with us! If you don’t believe me, just look at our country as Americans get behind Texas. The only colors you see in Texas right now are red, white and blue! What beautiful displays of love in the midst of tragedy!
Luke 10:27 (NKJV) 27 So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails…