STOP AND THINK – If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path. (Mary Webb, 19th-20th century English romantic novelist and poet)

How often do we pass by someone in need, because we don’t want to go out of our way? Our time is important; our task is critical, so we ignore the needy because it’s inconvenient to help. The biblical story of the Good Samaritan tells of a man who went out of his way and used his own money to help someone in need. We would do well to follow his example.

It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy . . . whoever is kind to the needy honors God (Proverbs 14:21, 31)