The Good Samaritan

Help the needy. Feed the hungry. Fight for the widow and stand up for the poor. Again and again we read commands to be there for our fellow man. Yet not enough people are following those commands. The world contains those who can build marble fountains in their fabulous vacation home with elaborate fish tanks and designer clothing to those who do not eat for days, who are faced with possible food and water contamination due to their circumstances.

I recently started working as a cashier at a grocery store and have seen things that are painful to watch. A young lady told me she was just in a car accident and was only released from the hospital so she did not have her rewards card to scan; it was in her totaled car. She looked tearful and in pain. She had two items, dog food and toilet paper. She attempted to pay with her debit card but the payment was declined. She then asked for me to remove the toilet paper and try again. I had to wait for my manager to void the transaction. As I waited, with a large line of people waiting to be served, no one offered to pay the few dollars to help this young lady out. There was no random act of kindness. I prayed someone would step up. I prayed someone would be the Good Samaritan. Instead the young lady left with dog food and tear filled eyes.

The world has a lot of needs – the greatest is Jesus. Today, be the Good Samaritan. Lend a hand. Help someone out. Commit a random act of kindness. Most importantly, share Jesus. Share His Message. Share His love.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” – Matthew 25:40 [NIV]

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3 responses

  1. oldfashioncouple | Reply

    Wow, this story is sad. We donate to our local Food Bank. They can take a dollar and feed up to six people. It’s one awesome way to give back. Most children don’t even eat full meals in the summer. Simply because their family can’t afford to feed them. When kids are in school they are fed breakfast and lunch. However, what about their dinner? That’s why I love the food bank.

    1. Yes it is a sad story. I was tearing up from not seeing any willing hands. The food bank and soup kitchens are awesome. We deal directly with the local food bank. A friend of mine just started working a local soup kitchen with her husband and others just recently and there has already been a large amount of attendance due to the great needs of the community. I think some people turn a blind eye toward others who are in need because they think the need will be resolved by someone else. There are too many blind eyes. We need willing hands who will share the love of Jesus with others.

      1. oldfashioncouple

        You’re, exactly right!

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