As teenager Tommy stepped up to help his mother in the kitchen by chopping the onions for the casserole, he asked her, “Know what the secret is for not tearing up when you slice onions?”
“Those special googles?” she guessed. “I saw some in a cook’s catalog.”
“Nope,” Tommy smirked. “The secret is don’t get emotionally attached.”
The teen grinned. During the rest of the onion chopping, his tears of laughter ran down his cheeks.
Not getting emotionally involved. It’s a safe way to do things. But is it God’s way?
Jesus himself told the parable of the good Samaritan to teaching about being emotionally involved in our circles. When a traveler was robbed, beaten and left for dead beside the road, time went by. A priest came by, but he passed the man by on the other side. Ditto the next church leader, a Levite.
Why? Just guessing—both didn’t want to be made unclean by touching what might be a dead body; they didn’t feel they had the time; both already had plans. But mostly both didn’t want to be emotionally involved.
Jesus described the one who rescued the traveler as a Samaritan, a person of mixed race and beliefs that separated him and all of his kind from the Israelites. Samaritans were considered low life, unworthy. Such compassion as the Samaritan showed is an example to us all: get emotionally involved when a need comes up.
At the end of the parable, Jesus asked, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The experts in the law could not choke out the word “Samaritan.” So one answered, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” [Luke 10:36-37]
Show love in action. This applies to those of all races, social and economic standing and net worth. People are valuable to God. He made us all. There is no reason to refuse to help if you are able.
No need to be emotionally involved in the life of onions, but be there for people, especially those in need. Jesus said so.
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women available where print books and e-books are sold. Look for Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing now released for pre-sales on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords as well as print coming soon. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]