On Thursday when I took the kids to Art School I came outside to a dead battery in the jeep.
Thank Goodness Mike has taught me how to jump our vehicles!! Having confidence of knowing how to take care of the problem, I asked one lady whom had pulled her VERY NICE vehicle next to mind, if she could give me a jump?? With much hesitation, and nervousness she fought to come up with the "right words" to say. I reassured her that I knew how to jump my jeep and that it would only take a few minutes to which she stated that she had to get her son to soccer practice... Unfortunately she was TOO BUSY! She justified her statement by apologizing. As she was stating her apology to me the second lady was walking by and overheard our conversation. I looked at her but before I could ask her to help me she stated that she had to take her child to karate. Again, SHE WAS too busy as well... The Third person came along and had what I needed.. Before long the jeep was running and off I went!! This reminded me of the parable of the good Samaritan..............
The Parable of the Good Samaritan25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
These ladies shocked me.. I couldn't believe they wouldn't help me?? I was extremely hurt and a little embarrassed!! BUT THEN...
How many times have I passed by someone who needed help because I WAS TOO BUSY??
Passing by someone doesn't necessarily mean someone broken down along side the road. It could be anyone in need, no matter the situation!!
What are we doing to LOVE our NEIGHBORS????
Do our lives reflect HIS love or are OUR lives in VEIN???