How to Be a People Helper
When someone is in pain or trouble the natural reaction is to call for help. Help is the response of a helper to the cryl of someone in crisis. It is the action someone takes to step in to an unfortunate and sometimes ugly situation to bring needed assistance, alleviate suffering, release resources and extend comfort. Help is practical and personal.
There is no help without helpers! To be a helper, a person has to put aside their own comfort, and for the moment forget about their own problems. Helpers are people who have stopped living for themselves only.
One of the great parables of Jesus is the story of The Good Samaritan. It is found in Luke 10:30-37.
Jesus described a Jewish man who was hurting desperately. He had been robbed and beaten by thieves on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Death was imminent. Two Jewish religious leaders passed him by, offering him no help. A third man, a Samaritan, was the only one who helped. This man crossed a cultural divide, rejected prejudices that existed between Jews and Samaritans and demonstrated what love is all about. He showed us how to be a people helper.
As I studied this story recently, here are four things I learned from the Samaritan about being a people helper:
For help to happen, someone has to be a helper. Are you a Good Samaritan? Let’s all make a conscious commitment to see, stop, serve and sacrifice for the needs of others. That’s what help is all about!
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