This week, while doing my bible study, I read the story of the Good Samaritan. If you are not familiar with the story, please read it in Luke 10:25-37.
After reading this I realised something interesting about the story for the first time. No history was given of the man who had been robbed and left at the roadside. This man could have been a robber himself, or a beggar, regular Joe, Nobleman, or king. Nothing is said about this man.
The Good Samaritan helped this man without knowing anything about him.
So often we think people are beneath our help, or we find excuses not to help the person…
“The hitchhiker could be a murderer”
“That beggar could waste the money on alcohol and cigarettes”
“Somebody else will help”
“She should go home to her parents”
“He should be in school”
“It’s none of my business”
True, it is dangerous to pick up hitchhikers, especially in certain countries, so this is something, for safety sake I wouldn’t recommend. But what is stopping you from giving money/food to the beggar? You don’t have to invite him into your home, you can hand him a home cooked meal through the window of your car. You can buy him a pie from the corner cafe. You can help in more ways than just giving money.
Then the question is, how many people in your immediate area, are in need of a good meal? What about your children’s friends? Do you assume that they go home to a delicious meal cooked by their mom every night? What if they don’t? What if their mom works all day and buys them MacDonald’s every evening?
What about the student living in the next door neighbour’s basement? Or the widow at church? Or the newly married couple with 2 young children and a third on the way? When did that lady last have a meal she didn’t cook herself?
What about the couple going through marriage problems? When last did they have an evening to themselves without needing to worry about the children? Couldn’t you offer to babysit for an evening so they can have dinner together?
Being a good Samaritan doesn’t mean you need to pick people up off the street, take them to the hospital and then pay their medical bills too. It can also be done in small ways. Cooking a meal. Babysitting. Providing company to the elderly.
How can I be a good Samaritan today?
Readers, I want to hear from you. In what small ways has somebody be a good Samaritan to you? In what small ways can you be a good Samaritan to others? Feel free to leave a comment with your good Samaritan idea's and stories.