In the parable of the Good Samaritan, beaten and left for dead, a traveler reached out to those that passed by. The elite of that day simply acknowledged his dire circumstances with a haughty look, walked around him, and went about their business. The Samaritan, considered the lower class of that day, was the only one who showed compassion and helped the poor injured man. We as young people become so busy that we fail to see those that we meet each day. They are bruised, battered, and hurting. Yet we give them a slight, derogatory look instead of acknowledging their existence. In Luke 10:27, Jesus commanded: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself." First, we are instructed to love the Lord, and then our neighbour. Your neighbour is everyone you meet daily. Take time to acknowledge their presence, whether it is with a smile or a greeting. You may be their only connection to finding eternal life!
- Michael Pierce ( inside out )