It’s one thing to talk about human suffering and another thing to do something about it.

Are we so caught up in our own lives that we have no time to help anyone else? A friend? A neighbor? An elderly person? A lonely person? A sick or injured person? A suffering person?

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37). A man is beaten and robbed and lies on the side of the road. The priest and the Levite pass him by, but the Samaritan stops and tends to the wounded man and even goes the extra mile to take him to a safe haven, an inn, and promises to pay for whatever he needs.

The Samaritan is the hero in this story. Perhaps the first two passersby were so busy going about their business that they thought they did not have time to help the injured man. It takes time, effort, energy and sometimes money to be compassionate, to love another person as we would like to be loved.

The only way we can effectively change the culture is to first change ourselves, to show the world what sincere respect and compassion for every human being looks like in action.

It is really simple. Stop passing up the opportunity to make a difference in the world. Be a hero.

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