The Small Samaritan

Earlier this week, I found my mood growing increasingly more negative with each minute that I spent in the morning rush hour traffic. In an effort to save my mood and my day, I exited the highway in hopes that the city streets would be less congested.

While I navigated my way through the streets, I was still preoccupied with my time on the highway. I was remembering the bumper to bumper traffic and the lack of courtesy and foolish actions on the part of some of my fellow travelers.

As I drove along, feeling sorry for myself, lamenting my difficult morning, I passed a homeless man sleeping on a bench. Suddenly, my morning and my troubles didn’t seem so difficult anymore. My perspective changed in an instant.

The image of this man stuck with me all week. I wondered where he was, how he was and what I could do to help him and others like him. I thought of the story of the Good Samaritan from the Bible. I wondered if I was like the people who saw the man in need and passed by on the other side without stopping to help.

I wondered what I could do to help this man and others. I wondered what I could do to serve others more, to help change the world for the better. As I reflected on this, I had the opportunity to perform a small act of kindness for a stranger. It was really nothing, but the person was so grateful that he called me a Good Samaritan.

His comment really got me to thinking. Maybe, being a Good Samaritan isn’t about the size or scope of the act of service. Maybe it is just about serving, no matter how great or small. Maybe, I can be a Good Samaritan by performing small acts of kindness every day for my fellow travelers.

I still worry about the homeless man on the bench, and I still want to do big things and be a part of serving in big ways. But while I’m looking for ways to do that, I will also look for opportunities to serve in small ways every day.  

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6 Responses to The Small Samaritan

  1. Shawn Pilj says:

    Do not forget the huge, HUGE, HUGE good samaritan act and SUPER POSITIVE impact you have made on the world by spending countless hours, over countless days, several months and many years sharing the love of God and Christ with dozens of children. These children have taken this love into their homes and schools touching the lives of parents, siblings, teachers, friends, and potential enemies. All of these people then took that love to everyone they new. And so on, and on, and on, the love goes. Not to mention that do to the neverending effect of love, those same children will grow up and pass that love to their spouses and children and the butterfly effect starts all overe again. The Lord and his angels are fully aware of the good samaritan inside you, and the impact you have personally had on the world!! You are what He wants you to be. Never forget the good you have already done and the good you continue to do through your writing. We love you and are grateful for your kind heart!



  2. Rose Haynes says:

    Very well said Shawn and I agree totally!!


  3. Rusty says:

    Small gestures often have big impact! Thanks for the reminder!


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