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<<<<Esrever<<<< A Better Way of Thinking!

by Steve Pettit


My mom was possibly one of the best automobile drivers in history.  She drove for 62 years and never had an accident, and believe it or not, she never received a citation for a traffic violation.  Never!  Mom had a perfect record in the forward gear.  But when she threw the car in reverse, we trembled.  In reverse she notoriously backed into telephone poles, signs, culverts, ditches, trees, my dad’s car, bicycles, and parking blocks.  Reverse for me was a signal to duck and brace for impact.

In spite of reverse trauma, I have come to learn that the word is not to be feared.  Granted, it’s not at word at the top of most leaders’ vocabulary list. n Still, it’s a word that must remain primary to a heart of compassion; therefore, it deserves some careful consideration.

The great leader Martin Luther King, Jr. often pointed to the story of the Good Samaritan to help people make a most necessary shift in their thinking to effect great change in their compassions.  He contended that the first question which the priest and the Levite asked when they came upon fellow human being who had suffered a great injustice was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”  But…the Good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

Today I humbly ask you to join me to shift our thinking to reverse.  Let’s reverse our internal questions to reflect a greater concern for the outcome of others.  I’m not just talking about reversing our thinking for the 100 million children trying to survive on city streets; I am exhorting us to reverse our internal questions to consider those around us more than ourselves.  Our empathies and our compassions will more quickly surface to action and our impact will reverberate more than we can ever imagine.  As you move forward this week, take a moment to “esrever” your way to www.bigworldproject.org and kindly consider sponsoring a rescued child for just $20 a month for one year.

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