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Help Isn’t Hurried

“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.’”

– Luke 10:30-33

Today, I want to remind you of something important: you cannot help people and be in a hurry. Yesterday, we talked about becoming compassionate listeners and how, by opening our ears and hearts up to others, the Holy Spirit can use us to bring healing to the world. However, if we’re moving too quickly to see and notice needs, we’re rendered ineffective, because haste is a compassion killer. In the story of the Good Samaritan, the priest and the Levite were consumed with their religious duties, so it didn’t occur to them to stop and help a fellow Jewish man. Though he was lying on the ground nearly dead, they stepped over his bleeding body and continued on their way — after all, they had places to go and people to see. Thankfully, a Samaritan, who was part of a less “religious” culture, happened to pass by and take pity on the injured Israelite. Despite being a member of a despised race, his heart was moved with mercy, so he knelt down to bind up the man’s wounds and paid for him to stay at a hotel while he recovered. And while there are many things this famous parable teaches, it demonstrates that healing a friend — or even an enemy — is not as much about character, beliefs, or principles as it is about putting aside our own agenda. In other words, it’s a matter of making time. God did not clutter our lives, and He’s not going to declutter them either — it’s up to us. In order to be true ambassadors of His Kingdom on earth, we need to evaluate our priorities, elevate His perspective, and make every effort to put people first.

My friend, you reflect the presence of Jesus most powerfully when you slow down. By living unhurried, despite being in a fast-paced and uptight world, you bring God’s easy rhythms of grace to everyone you encounter. By refusing to rush — only to check another thing off your list — you demonstrate the love of a Savior who laid Himself aside to make time for others. Even in the midst of busyness, He invites you to keep an open heart, open hands, and an open mind that’s ready, willing, and able to make an unexpected detour in order to show someone else how much they matter.

Prayer


Jesus, teach me to live unhurried in your presence. Though the world bids me rush through each day, show me the wonder of being available to others.

Reflection


How can you eliminate hurry from your life? What small step can you take, starting today?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

2 thoughts on “Help Isn’t Hurried

  1. Donna Malchrist says:

    I would take a small step by using a form of meditation called Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. It means that by closing my eyes and imagining a biblical scene.Such as the birth of Our Lord Jesus in Bethlehem. It teaches me to appreciate all the beauty and serenity of nature.We can all learn to just let go and unwind from every form of social media.It is much better for our health and well- being.I hope and pray that the Hour of Power will continue its mission of reaching out to all around the world with the positive and healing messages of God.To Pastor Bobby Schuller and his beautiful family I pray that God will bless them with excellent health.To the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra and its two conductors. Much thanks and appreciation for the glorious music and singing.To Sarah Grandpre and the Voices of Hope Children’s Choir that they and their beautiful gifts of singing are protected. To the worshiping community of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church.I pray that all are protected from the deadly delta variant. As always I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.Be not afraid. For God goes before you. To guard and guide your way to his heavenly kingdom

  2. I IN THE PROCESS OF FOLLOWING THE PLAN THAT IS REFLECTED IN THIS STORY.
    THANK YOU, FOR BRINGING IT TO MY (OUR) ATTENTION, BOBBY! YOU ARE A WONDERFUL, POSITIVE EXAMPLE, PASSED DOWN FROM YOUR DEAR GRANDFATHER AND GRANDMOTHER, WHOM I WAS PRIVILEGED TO KNOW, PERSONALLY!
    THANK YOU AND HAVE A BLESSED DAY!
    -BILL KELLEY

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