A doctor quickly entered the hospital after being called in for an emergency consult. He immediately changed his clothes and then went directly to the Emergency Room, where he saw a crowd of nurses and doctors working on a young man.
He also saw the boy's father walking back and forth in the hall, waiting to hear how his son was doing. Upon seeing the doctor, the dad yelled, "Why did you take all this time to come? Don't you know that my son's life is in danger? Don't you have a sense of responsibility?"
The doctor could feel his pain and simply said, "I'm so sorry! I wasn't in the hospital when I received the call. However, I came as fast as I could... now, I need you to calm down so that I can do my work."
"Calm down?!! What if your son was in the Emergency Room now? Would you calm down? What if your son might die now, what would you do, what would you say?" the father asked very angrily!
The doctor smiled and replied, "I will say, what is said in the Holy Bible, From dust we came and to dust we return, blessed be the name of God. As for your son, we will do our best, by God's grace to save him."
"Giving advice when you're not concerned is so easy." the father murmured quietly.
The doctor took some hours with the young man, before he came out happily and said to the father... "We can thank God! Your son will make it!" And, without waiting for a response from the father, he went on his way, running down the hall.
As he ran, he shouted, "If you have any questions, ask the nurse." Perturbed, the father said, "You can bet on that, I sure will see the nurse."
When he reached the nurses station he said, "Why is he so arrogant? He couldn't take five minutes so that I could ask about my son's condition?"
The nurse softly answered, "His son was killed in an auto-mobile accident early today. He was at the funeral home when we called him for your son's surgery."
- Author Unknown
God calls us to love one another! To be full of compassion, empathy and understanding... just as Jesus was.
And, we are not called to love... just those who love us in return. We are called to "love our enemies!"
That's a tall order, by any means!
Still, we never know what someone is facing or dealing with. So kindness towards one another is essential to our own peace of mind and especially in our walk with the Lord.
As Christians we are "to go that extra mile," even with those who do not treat us well. It's not easy at times, but life isn't always easy.
By faith, take some time today to bring a little hope or joy into another's life. Maybe it's a stranger or someone you know, who could use that smile or visit. Ask the Lord to lead you to someone.
Life is so short... loving the unlovely may just give someone the will to go on. Let's challenge ourselves today and in the coming weeks. Lets show this world "what living for Jesus, truly means!"