What It Takes To Be A Good Samaritan

Watching the news isn’t always an uplifting activity – but last week I read a local news story that had a happy ending and an important lesson about taking action rather than sitting on the sidelines.

At Oakbrooke Apartments (right across the street from where Venture used to be held at the PAC), a man was seen losing control of his car, whipping off the road and plummeting into a pond right in front of the apartments.

A witness quickly called police and ran down to help where he reported already seeing a man jumping into the water to lend assistance. Using a pocket knife, the man in the water tore through the seatbelt of the driver and brought him to the surface and out of the water. Then, without waiting for thanks or applause, this unknown hero walked off.

Within minutes the car was completely submerged in the water, and the sheriff attributes the saved life of the driver to the men who took action.

The reason that I appreciate this story is because today people are more and more concerned with taking selfies and videos of dire situations rather than reacting in a way that could better the situation.

Being more interested in popularity and the potential 2 seconds of fame from a video or picture of a tragedy keeps people distracted from doing the right thing.

I don’t know who those Good Samaritans are, but I do know this:

Rather than thinking of themselves, they did the right thing at the right time and in the right way.

So, kudos to them and the example they’ve provided! The other reason I appreciate this story is because it calls to mind one of the greatest stories in the Bible that Jesus tells of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25–37.

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

It comes down to this: Don’t walk the other way, don’t look the other way, don’t think of yourself first – no, think of others before yourself and you can be a Good Samaritan too.

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