Are you familiar with the story of the Good Samaritan? (Luke 10) It’s the one where a guy was ambushed along the road in route to Jericho. He was robbed, beaten and left half dead on the side of the road. The story tells of three other men traveling the same road. The first two, as they came upon the injured man, saw him and went around passing on the other side of the road.
Have you ever seen someone fall in public? What did you do: pretend you didn’t see; walk away laughing; watch to see if someone would help the person; or go immediately and offer assistance?
Back to our story… A third man, who was a Samaritan, came along and stopped to assist the injured man. After bandaging the wounds, the Samaritan took the man to an inn and took care of him.
Now let me tell you a modern day Good Samaritan story.
Last weekend was the annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and other races. According to one report it was estimated that about 27,000 people participated in these races. Some were serious runners with specific time goals they hoped to achieve. Many of the half marathon runners hoped to come in under the 2 hour mark, and Mr. J was one of them. His goal was actually to finish under 1 hour 50 minutes. (A half marathon is 13.1 miles.) At the 10th mile mark, Mr. J realized he not only would reach his goal, but he was on pace to complete the race in 1 hour 48 minutes.
As Mr. J continued to push himself, the unexpected happened. A runner collapsed in front of him. Although many ran past looking at the downed runner, Mr. J stopped and stayed with the runner until medics arrived. He was more concerned for this unknown competitor than he was in reaching his time goal.
I have heard Mr. J challenge students over and over to “do the right thing” and to “treat others like you want to be treated.” Saturday, he put those words to action. Most people have not heard this detail because he did not stop his race to help someone else for praise; he was just “doing the right thing.”
Mr. J is a Modern Day Good Samaritan!
By the way, although Mr. J was stopped for several minutes and did not reach his goal, he still managed to come in under 2 hours with a finish time of 1 hour 59 minutes! Congratulations and thanks for your example, Mr. J.