SACRED SIX: COMPASSION MESSAGE
The Person in Your Path
But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 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. Luke 10:33-34 (NIV)
Imagine that you were bound to a wheelchair because you couldn’t stand on your own and maybe you couldn’t even move your limbs without help. People pass by and smile. You raise a hand to try and get their attention and they wave back, thinking you are saying hello. You struggle to say something, but it doesn’t come out right. Passersby hear you, but since they are focused on their tasks they overlook your request for attention, but they do seem nice. All you need is for your leg to be moved an inch to one side because it’s uncomfortable. You sit for a long time before someone finally passes by and understands you have a need and you are no longer overlooked. They take the time to hear your need, they adjust your leg for you, and they even take a moment to decipher your words and hear something about you.
We can focus on success and be diligent in a career path, but success finds meaning when we take the time to meet the needs of those who are frequently overlooked. We walk quickly through hallways in which a person may sit with a need, but maybe we dread the possibility of getting drawn into something that will take a long time or may not have any kind of resolution. Maybe someone just needs to talk to another person who genuinely listens. It may be a person in the course of a work day, or someone at church, or even a relative. Are they being overlooked? Are they in the course of your journey because you are the one who needs to tend to that need? Personal success is only fulfilling when we get there by making the world a better place. We can’t take on the whole world, but we can make a difference by helping one person at a time not be overlooked. Who is the person in your path today?
Tony Blair said, “Sometimes it’s better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.”