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Unplanned Defining Moments

Posted: Tuesday, April 3

 Pastor Tom Murray/

Pastor Tom Murray/

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19
Luke 10:13-37
Psalm 75:1-10
Proverbs 12:12-14

Verse of the Day:

Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. (Luke 10:34 NLT)


Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan elevates the one who stopped to help a beaten man on the side of the road.

 

Before the Samaritan stopped to help, two others had an opportunity to assist the man.  Yet, both of them passed by without lending a hand.

 

In contrast, "the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him" (Luke 10:34 NLT).

 

The Samaritan man set aside his plans, then used his time and money to help someone in need.

 

What if we are defined by how we handle the unplanned moments of our day instead of what's on our schedule?

 

I like to put planned meetings and appointments on my digital calendar so they automatically transfer to all my devices - my phone, office desktop, home laptop and tablet.  Others prefer to write down their commitments on a traditional paper planner.

 

No matter the method, our calendars give us a picture of what we can expect in the days, weeks and months ahead.

 

We may reflect on our day and think we handled that big meeting really well.  Perhaps the project was completed ahead of time and came out better than anticipated.  

 

But, how did we handle the person who called or texted at an inconvenient time?  What did we do when the Holy Spirit prompted us to speak to that person at the grocery store?  Did we stop to show compassion when we had the opportunity or did we walk on by?

 

We must remember that the moments that define our life often arise unexpectedly at inconvenient times.