Actually Helping

In these days when practically everyone has a phone with camera capabilities with them at all times, we see more recordings of rescue efforts. It is rare that some type of emergency situation unfolds without someone there to record it and put it on the internet for the whole world to see.

Someone recently pointed out (jokingly?) that it seems that there are more people taking pictures of a rescue than there are people actually helping!

That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it does make us stop and think about whether we are helping to make a situation better, or merely one of the bystanders who are not involved in helping at all.

Of course there are times when we need to get out of the way of trained first responders. However, there are many situations where we can offer help. Let us always be ready to do so.

“A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.”—Luke 10:31-33.


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