With the busy Christmas season here....
....do you find yourself rushing about?
Here and there...busling about from activity to activity??
Recently, I read an article about a study that was interested in finding out what inspires people to help one another.
They focused in on some students that were studying theology. They figured this would be a group of students that were already STRONGLY interested in helping people.
Then to add to the irony of the study, the students were given directions that they would be giving a talk on the 'Good Samaritan' (***if you don't know the story I've included it at the end of the blog). On the way to the talk they purposely placed a person (in very obvious distress) along the student's path. They made certain that the person on the way to their talk would 'accidently' bump into them.
The only variable was the amount of time they were told that they had left between them leaving their destination, and arriving at the talk location. Some of the students were told they would be on time if they left right away; others were told they were already running late for their talk; and lastly, some were told that they had time to spare. Maybe some of you have already guessed the outcome.....
Well, which group of students do YOU think were most likely to stop for the person in distress??
I am not sure if some of you may be surprised...but ONLY 10% of the students that were told 'they were running late' for their talk on the Good Samaritan, actually stopped to help the person they passed...remember this person was in obvious distress!
& I can't remember the exact percentage, but there was a LARGE group of people that did stop to help WHEN they were told they had extra time to spare.
The conclusion of the researchers was that people are more willing to help, NOT based on any person's need, but on the amount of time they feel they have to 'spare'.
Are we focusing on the right things?
I don't have all the answers but one thing I DO know....my hearts cry this year is to examine myself.
Am I busy just for the sake of being busy?
Am I being sensitive to the people around me that might be in need?
Am I open to sharing HOPE with a person that God may send my way?
...or am I consumed with the commercialism that surrounds me?
...most importantly, am I willing to SLOW DOWN and remember what Christmas is truly about??
***The Good Samaritan Text-->
(found in Luke 10:25-37)
(NIV version) 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”
27 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’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 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. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 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. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] 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.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
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