Well that’s been a bit of an interesting week hasn’t it? It’s been a week where we have possibly all had an opportunity to complete the ACT for this week… the theme is Kindness is important… and the challenge or act is to help someone who has fallen over. I know that on my two very slow and careful walks to school this week I was close to being the person who had fallen over. The news and social media has been full of stories of people who have helped others if they have been trapped at home, trapped in the car, if they had fallen, or if they’d had an accident. The snow may have made sure we’ve barely had any school this week, it may have created opportunities for sledging and snowman building, but it has also created opportunities for people to show kindness.
The Bible story that goes with this theme is Luke 10:25-37, which is the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable is told in answer to the question ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ We then discover that the law says ‘to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your strength and with all your mind. And to love your neighbour as yourself’. Jesus is then asked ‘who is my neighbour?’ And Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. If you are unfamiliar with the story, a man is walking when he is attacked and left half dead. A priest and a Levite (people thought highly of) walked straight past. But the Samaritan (considered an enemy) stoped and helped and took him to an inn. The neighbour is the Samaritan, the one who had mercy and we are instructed to do the same.
The thought for the week comes from Michael Watson who says “strong people don’t put others down… they lift them up”. So often it can be seen as the clever thing to do to make comments about other people and to make the feel insignificant, however this is showing us that it takes strength but it’s mor important to spot those people have physically, spiritually, mentally fallen and to do something to help them back up to the level. This may be by physically helping them, or it may be by paying them a compliment, or helping them to see the importance they have in the world.
We all appreciate it when kindness is shown to us. I hate it that people often feel curious when people offer kindness, wondering what they want. Surely kindness should be expected, and I pray that people are not shocked when I show kindness! May that be the case for all of us!
Challenge: act card number 28 Help someone who has fallen over
Prayer: father God we thank you for the story of the Good Samaritan and the lesson it shows to love your neighbour. May we recognise that everyone is our neighbour and may we show kindness to them. May you help us to see those who have fallen in many different ways, and may you be our strength to lift them back up. Amen