Can you remember a time when you were assisted by a Good Samaritan? Perhaps you were stuck, lost, in need, or even scarred, and someone came by and offered the very assistance you needed at the very moment you needed it, and they didn’t want anything in return.
I think we’ve all had a moment, or moments, like that. For me I can think of more than once when I was helped by Good Samaritan, and each time I felt a strong sense of gratitude. I’ve attempted to show my thanks with some dollar amount, but I’ve always been turned down. These people just helped me out without expecting, or wanting, anything in return.
I was reminded of the good Samaritans in my life recently when I got to play this role, along with several others, for 2 people who had got their car stuck in some gravel at a trailhead. We all got together and pushed their car out and they were on their way, extremely grateful that some good Samaritans were there to help them out.
That incident also reminded me of the ability we all have to be good Samaritans in the lives of others. After we helped the 2 peoples get their car unstuck, I thought about how grateful I was to the people that helped me in the past and felt that in some way, I was paying back their kindness to me by helping someone else.
Try something this week. Think about the Good Samaritans in you past and be aware of opportunities to honor them by freely helping out someone else in need. Not only will it make you feel good, you’ll probably encourage them to do likewise for someone else in their future.