31 Days: Day 6

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Love Your Neighbour

Today I'm volunteering my time for a great cause. I was asked to help with a yard sale to fundraise money for the local pregnancy centre. I didn't feel like I was too much help (stand, take money, smile), but it was nice to be there to support the cause and donate a bit of money. A couple young women who own a local business had decided to devote their time and energy to fundraise money to provide cloth diapers to the centre to lend to moms in need.

It is so easy to go on in life focused on ourselves; focused on our challenges, struggles and heartbreak. These women spent time thinking of someone else and I knew that helping could only bring me closer to Him.

I know this will help me in becoming closer friends with Jesus because of the parable of the Good Samaritan. For those that do not know it, here you go:

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (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.”

I know this is something I need to do even more...

Do you volunteer at all? Where? Why?

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