Making Time to Care {Free Downloadable Service Calendar}

Jun 5

*See June Service Calendar at bottom of post.

I hurt the feelings of someone I love.

As unintentional as it was, her heart was bruised nonetheless. The wound was over something simple. Something so preventable.

I didn’t call.

I didn’t pick up the phone and check on this person. Just a few minutes to say, “Hello. I’m thinking of you. Are you doing alright?” In my defense, it was a busy week –perhaps the busiest I’ve had in the past couple of months.

But I keep asking myself – am I too busy to care?

Am I too busy with my own needs and agenda to stop and help? Am I too busy to notice the man who’s been beaten and left bloody on the road? Do I cross on the other side instead? Have I chosen religion over relationships?

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.’ Luke 10:30-35

The Samaritan didn’t just fulfill his duty to show mercy; he went above and beyond. I read this story and am challenged to “go and do likewise.” (v. 37)

So maybe a five-minute phone call would get the job done, but how could I do more? Everyone wants to feel both loved and important to others.

Is there someone you need to call today?


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  • Allison M Jun 5 at 2:46 pm

    Read this from the Bible yesterday to the kids. I know I need to be a better ‘Samaritan’. Love you!

  • Sherry D Jun 9 at 10:45 am

    I’ve just come here and I love your writing, your story. So blessed. I needed this reminder to take time to develop relationships for God and to be a part of “bigger” things. God bless you.

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