I love the story of the Good Samaritan. The story reminds us that our mission as a Christian is us not just to feel pity because of someone else’s pain or to feel sorry for other people, but to take the risk of caring; to be willing to get in the ditch like the good Samaritan. Whether it is a stranger in the ditch or a neighbor in the dumps, whether it involves persons whose appearances make them look like a beast or partners whose personalities make them act like a beast, the issue remains the same.
“Good” people are see other people’s pain and stand in pity at a distance; Christian people are moved by that pity to do something about it. They get in the ditch, to help however they can, and just be there and to allow God to use them.
You and I are not called by God to solve the crises that overwhelm people. God doesn’t call us to be curegivers; He calls us to be caregivers. We don’t have all the answers, but we know the One who does have the answers. Who knows how God might use your caring to bring about His curing for another person’s life. Your life can be the prism through which God’s infinite love and care shines. There is someone who needs for you to care for them today
-Dr. Tim Thompson