Posted May 28, 2020 in Uncategorized
What if the Good Samaritan Was in a HURRY?
The other day I was at Target getting a couple miscellaneous things. With everything that is going on the lines were a bit longer than normal. I found myself getting a little irritated as I sat in line. When it was all said and done it probably was an extra minute or two longer than normal.
I took my bags and walked out to my car. Drove out of the parking lot and found myself pulling up to a stop light. There were a few cars in front of me. It was two lanes going straight, one going left and one going right. So 4 in total. I was going straight.
As I was pulling up to the stoplight, several cars deep in line, I found myself counting the number of cars in each lane in order to determine which lane I should choose based on which one I’d be able to get through the quickest (least number of cars). I was feeling all proud that I pulled into the lane that had the least number of cars so I was all but ensured the ability to get to where I needed to be faster. Because you know, it’s a race (sarcasm).
But then. The guy in the car in front of me was not paying attention when the light turned green and he sat there for a few seconds before he drove ahead and can you believe it, it cost me all that effort I put in to count the cars in the lanes and pick the fastest one. Now I’m in the “slow lane”.
But here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter. I had absolutely nowhere to be. So all this extra time (translation, a few seconds) in line at Target caused me no harm. The “wrong lane” I picked at the stop light meant absolutely nothing!
I feel like I’m in a hurry a lot. And for no good reason.
Have you ever heard of the Good Samaritan story? It’s a parable Jesus told in the gospel of Luke. Let me share it here:
Luke 10: 25 – 37
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
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. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 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. The next day he took out two denarii 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.’
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
So I pose this question to you. Would we have heard about this story if the Good Samaritan was in a hurry? I’m going to guess that’s a firm NO. No we wouldn’t. He paused his agenda and his plans in order to show mercy for someone else; his neighbor. And it’s not like he didn’t have somewhere he had to be. It says in verse 33 “as he traveled” so he was going somewhere. Just like us, he had things to do. Places to be.
How many opportunities to show kindness, compassion, mercy, LOVE do we miss out on because we are so self-absorbed in where we have to be? And how quickly we need to get there.
Maybe you found yourself in my story about sitting in line at Target and/or counting cars to determine which lane might be the fastest. I put together a little checklist or inventory on how hurry could be showing up in your life. I found a few from the book “The Ruthless elimination of Hurry” that I cherry picked and I put some together myself. You can find them on my podcast on Episode 26.
This time of quarantine has really showed me how much of a hurry I’ve been in and how I need to slow down.
I’ll pose the question again:
How many opportunities to show kindness, compassion, mercy, LOVE do we miss out on because we are so self-absorbed in where we have to be?
Perhaps the better question is this:
How can you create the margin in your life so you aren’t always in a hurry?
If you’d like to continue the conversation with me, let’s connect.