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Your philosophy of life

November 13, 2009

And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, "Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back."

--Luke 10:35

Our actions say a great deal about what we believe. And Wallace Hamilton, a great preacher from yesteryear, really brought home this truth when he preached about the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. 

He said that we can see three distinct philosophies about life in the actions of the story's main characters. The first life philosophy is demonstrated by the thieves. Their actions said, "What's yours is mine and I'll take it." Many people live that way, taking from others.

The second philosophy is seen in the actions of the priest and Levite who revealed a selfish philosophy: "What's mine is mine and I'll keep it." These were men blessed by God, but didn't share anything in return.

And finally, the third philosophy is demonstrated by the Samaritan who stopped to help the man. His actions said, "What is mine is yours and I will give it." Moved by compassion, he gave of himself—of his time and his finances.

So what do your actions say about your philosophy of life? Are you a taker, a hoarder, or are you sharing your love, compassion, and means with those who need it?

If you love God, roll up your sleeves and help your neighbor in need! Jump in with all that you have.


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