How to Be a Good Samaritan to your Community
Sometimes the people we expect to help us in times of need, turn our back on us when we’re in trouble. We turn to loved ones, to family and our closest friends and yet we are treated like Job. We are treated like we have a curse on our foreheads and that we deserve all the troubles that come to us. We look to others in trouble as if we have never been in trouble ourselves. We sometimes see people who turn to us for help as a liability rather than an opportunity to love and help. The sad reality of life is, people care too much about their own good to stop and care about the good of others. You have friends, family, and loved ones when your life is in abundance. When you are deep in debt or when you are barely getting by with life’s necessities, you are suddenly left without a single help. The Bible says it so in Proverbs 19:4, “Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them.” NIV.
What is wrong with this culture of thinking of only one’s welfare? Yet the miracle lies in the people that God uses as His instruments to help His children in need. Proverbs 11:25 declares, “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”-NLT. So the story of the Good Samaritan actually happens in real life and the people whose hearts God touches find the opportunity to help as a blessing. When you are blessed beyond comparison to the person in need, be it a friend or an enemy, why would you turn your back to help? Has God not granted you stewardship of wealth so that you can help His children in need? Only when we see that wealth is not our own are we more than willing to give it away. Ecclesiastes 11:1 reminds us that if we “cast our bread upon the waters, after many days it will return.” If you’re reading this, there is a good chance that you liken yourself to a Good Samaritan in these times. Even in little things, you may not know how much you have touched the lives of others. If you’ve never felt poverty, felt extreme hunger or thirst, have a roof over your head and a bed where you can rest, then you are blessed. Now ask yourself, “How can I be a blessing to others?” Once you ask this question, even your own troubles, even the deepest ones will a find a way to travel themselves and vanish from your life.
Jacob Crocker St. Louis Samaritan encourages the community to be one with their neighbor and think of the welfare of others. That mom down the block with five kids tugging up her sleeves for the whole day would appreciate you dropping by a casserole on a busy Monday. The old lady across the street may enjoy the company of a friend for dinner. Think of your community as your family and be there even when you don’t think you may be needed.
Be Alert to What Others May Need
Be sensitive to the needs of others and take the time to care for your neighbors. Sometimes, the call to be a Good Samaritan compels us to suspend our plans for ourselves. It takes what is ours and gives it to others. It takes our time, our resources and our energy but it makes life more purposeful and essential. Sometimes others need a small thing from us–a smile, a pat on the back, and a word of affirmation. These small things encourage others that they are loved and needed in this life. They can save a person from depression and turn a bad day upside down.
If You Can’t Help Them, Find Others Who Can
Sometimes, we may not have the capacity ourselves to help others in need but the fact that the person crossed our way means we may know somebody who can help. We may know a mechanic who charges less so that single mother can have her car fixed. Sometimes we can use our connections to help others find a job, shelter, healthcare, and education.
Spare More Than Just Your Pennies
It’s easy to give a small piece of coin yet others hold back. Those who give a dollar or two may see themselves as generous. A small amount for you may be a huge help to others. As a local philanthropist, Jacob Crocker St. Louis encourages the community to give to charities and even individuals. The money we give can help pay someone’s rent, buy them a tank of gas or a bag of groceries. It may come as a surprise for us but there are people who don’t have enough money in their wallet to buy their baby’s diapers. Sometimes, there are people who can’t withdraw the little money left in their bank account because it’s too little.
Be Willing to Get Persecuted
Samaritan Jacob Crocker St. Louis understands how sometimes we need to make a sacrifice that will cost us something. When we give to others, our spouse, our parents, and other people may disagree. However, that is where ministry begins, when we step out of our comfort zone and reach out to help. Sometimes, this is a way for us to see through others for who they really are.
Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
Sometimes, all it needs is a little more push and a bit of momentum to get us started. We can try by doing one good deed for another each day. That someone may not have the capacity to repay us now but the cards will turn one day and you will need another person’s help. When the Good Samaritan helped the mugged man, he was not thinking of getting repaid. In fact, he told the innkeeper that he is willing to pay more just to get the man back on his feet. How often do we do that? Are we willing to help others even if that requires helping more than once until they get back on their feet? Remember that there is a chain of doing good. The good we do to others will be passed on to other people. That casserole you gave to the mother of 5 means a less cranky mother who would read her children stories and sing them lullabies to sleep. The connection you shared with a friend may have helped them land a job or get out of debt. Let us not expect anything when we help, for we too have already received help from our Father above.