What is the price of kindness? Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, but it is priceless. To go out of your way to be kind to someone will not only make their day better, but it will also enrich yours also. Yesterday I listened to a Facebook video that was posted by someone that I know. She lives in the Panama City Beach area, and she was talking about all of the horrible devastations that the area suffered from Hurricane Michael. She spoke of the clean-up that was still on-going and the rebuilding that was starting to happen.
Then she talked about a school that had been trying to raise funds to purchase Christmas gifts for the 450 children in the school. Because so many people had lost their jobs or had some financial problems associated with the Hurricane, there were a lot of children who were not going to be getting any gifts for Christmas.
She called the school and took a massive leap of faith by telling them that she would provide all of the gifts that were needed. She felt the Lord telling her to help even though she wasn’t sure where she was going to be able to find the funds. She went on Amazon and made a wish list for all of the gifts that would be needed and then she sent out an appeal to her friends on Facebook. The response was overwhelming. They managed to purchase over 1,000 which took care of two schools instead of just the one.
I kept thinking about how her single act of compassion and faith made so many children happy. She could have looked the other way, and no one would have thought another thing about the situation. She reminded me of the parable of the Good Samaritan.
25 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” and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
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[ 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.”
The Lord said to Love your neighbor as yourself, and I believe that she did. Like the Good Samaritan, she chose to listen to the Lord and to love those in need. I am so proud of her efforts, and I wish I had seen her appeal so that I could have helped also.
It is so easy to become indifferent to the problems of others. It is easy to look the other way when we know that someone is struggling. Choosing not to become involved is usually the smart decision. But what if once, just once, we all went the extra mile to help our neighbor in need? Think how much better the world would be.
Have A Blessed Day!