Everyone Is My Neighbor

Mark 12:28-31

And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

 

My friend Rich is an amazing person. I met him through work and have known him casually for many years. He was a salesperson who worked with us for our technology needs. That is until recently.

Rich decided to take a year off from work to travel to underpriviledged countries and help people in need. He dropped everything and went to where he was needed. It is just amazing to me that someone would do this. I can’t imagine doing it myself even though I like to help people when I can.

Rich’s total dedication to what God has called him to do is nothing short of inspirational. He truly has listened to God’s commandments in loving his God and his neighbor.

Now, Rich has decided to do his charity work full-time. It’s hard to find the words to express how special this man is. Rich is living the word of God every day. What an incredible gift!

Now, not everyone is in the position to drop everything and devote their entire lives to doing this kind of work. But, situations arise every day in which we can be charitible, especially this time of year. Hold the door open for someone, let a car in front of you, say a nice word to someone. That’s all it takes.

Everyone is our neighbor. We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves.  It’s hard sometimes to be nice to people especially when they are not nice to you. But, think about what that person may be going through. Maybe they have recently been through a personal tragedy or are sick. We don’t know, but we can still treat others as we want to be treated.

My friend Rich is truly doing the work of God. We can all do so as well – just show kindness to others. It will make you appreciate what blessings you have.

 

 

 

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