Who’s My Neighbour?

The Road of Life (gdw photos)

Today I watched a video posted by a friend on FACEBOOK.  It dealt with the simple fact of our responsibility to others on this planet traversing the cosmos.

It is presented from a Christian perspective. The focus was on the Nazarene Teacher’s precepts concerning our responsibilities to our neighbors on this earth. Perhaps, the most well known parable of this young Rabbi was The Good Samaritan.

However, one does not need to be a Christian to help their fellow travellers along the road of life.  A number of religious orders have good humanitarian aspects to their religion.

One does not need to profess a belief in a deity or deities to help someone.  It just takes a willingness to reach out and share what you have, share yourself.

In your communities, towns, villages, hamlets, and cities there are people in need of a smile, a handshake, a helping hand, a kind word or just someone to listen.  In the mad rush from going from point c to point t, cell phones glued to our ears or preoccupied in our world, we miss opportunities to help, to bless those on the road with us.

The road less traveled is only true if we ignore those on the road with us.  If we open our eyes, we might see the light of day and the faces about us.

In some strange way those faces are a reflection of our face.  To look at another human being is to see ourselves. Humanity is a distinct mirror of itself.

Perhaps, three old songs might be a good summary of what life can be if we take the time to interact with our fellow travellers. For when your journey is finished on your road of life, what will be your legacy to your fellow road mates?

G. D. Williams       © 2011

Glenn Campbell: TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS released in October 1969


The Hollies: HE’S AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER released in September 1969


Simon and Garfunkel: BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER released January 1970


On the road of life, who is your neighbor?  This 8:23 minute video gives a graphic illustration of the Good Samaritan.



LUKE 10:25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan



There’s a popular bumper sticker that reads “God Bless America,” but hasn’t America already been blessed? It’s easy for us to fall into a mindset of viewing “our” world as “the” world, because it’s all we generally see. We’re constantly bombarded with images of the latest styles and models of everything, and it can easily leave us feeling like what we have isn’t enough because we see people that have even more than us. But how does what we have compare to what most people in the world have? Maybe what we have is enough; maybe it’s more than enough. Maybe God has blessed us with everything we have so we can bless and give to others.