Generally, I don’t watch a lot of the news; the weather is the most important thing to me. There are plenty of things to be concerned about and a number of things we could be outraged about. The good news is harder to come by. Recently I sat there a bit longer watching a story that stuck with me.
The network we happened to be watching aired a segment about a young man, injured in a car wreck and paralyzed from the chest down. His young life was altered from its original course; the difficulties that lay ahead must have been unimaginable. A Good Samaritan stepped in and volunteered his time to help this young man. This Good Samaritan was dedicated. He helped this young man get to high school for 4 years. He also helped this man get to college for 4 years. His dedication did not end there; he was with this young man in class daily. Imagine the dedication required, especially on those 12 hour days.
Imagine for a moment what that would be like. The Good Samaritan was retired, and yet he spent his days taking a young man to school, and sitting in class with him. The age difference did not deter him from helping another. His dedication must have made an impression on those young hearts and minds.
My first thought was that this was only a story, not reality. Who would do that for someone they did not know? How many of us would do that for someone that we did know? We seem to be willing to do things for others when it makes us “feel good”. A few of us may take a moment out of our busy days to help someone quickly, but how many of us have that type of dedication and commitment? Especially when there is no compensation involved.
This Good Samaritan answered a higher calling to help a young man in need. He must have known that it would require a great deal of sacrifice on his part. His wife would give up her time with her now retired husband. They considered the cost, and answered the call to help another. This story causes me to wonder how many calls have I missed? Perhaps it will serve as a reminder to pay attention, and recognize those important opportunities, small or large, before they are missed.