If you are ever walking or running or playing tennis or golfing near LaFortune Park in Tulsa, you may recognize this sight.
It is kept up each week not by Tulsa Public Schools as you would expect, but by a good samaritan. Totally voluntarily. Because they care. Because they want to make the world a better place for others.
A samaritan is a charitable or helpful person.
We’ve all known a good samaritan or two sometime in our lives. People who do for others and do not want or expect anything in return. In fact, they usually prefer to remain anonymous.
I was having dinner the other night with one of my favorite good samaritans when we happened to casually run into an acquaintance that joined us. We had the best time visiting about the city we live in. Only to find out that another good samaritan was amongst us. Picking up others trash was the common ground for these two kindred spirits. Making our fair city a better kept, cleaner, safer place to live, to go to school, to eat, drink, and be merry.
I left that evening feeling uplifted. Feeling inspired just being around others that see the world through the eyes of Mahatma Gandhi. They choose to “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” They are the kind of people who brainstorm about great ideas rather than gossip about other people.
Jesus, too, fancies the good samaritan. It was one of His best parables He ever told. His lesson to be learned was to have mercy on those in need.
Let’s all have mercy on all those in need. Let’s all make this world a better place. Let’s all lead by example. Let’s all be the change we wish to see. Let’s all aim to be the good samaritan. And in the meantime of becoming one, let’s all love those that give their time and their resources so unselfishly.
Thank you!! Whoever you all are! ♡
The world would not be the same without you.
30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Love and laughter,