The Good Samaritan-01
Posted On: 2009-01-02
This month we've been talking a lot about the Good Turn. The Good Turn idea has been a tradition of the Boy Scouts of America for almost 75 years now, but it's been around a lot longer than that.
Let me tell you about a man who practiced the Good Turn hundreds of years ago. A man was traveling down a road when he was ambushed by thieves. They robbed him and almost beat him to death.
As he lay there bleeding, several people passed by him. They didn't want to get involved. Then a man who believed in Good Turns happened along.
Using his own clothing, he improvised bandages and poured wine on the man's wounds as an antiseptic.
Can you guess who the rescuer was? I'll give you a hint: the story is in the Bible. Yes, the rescuer was the Good Samaritan. He has been famous down through the ages because he cared enough to help a suffering person, and because he knew enough first aid to help.
In Scouting, you are learning to be a Good Samaritan, too - to care enough to help a person who needs it, and also to know what to do.
Let's all aim to be Good Samaritans as we go through life. That, after all, is part of what Scouting means - to help other people at all times. We can say the same thing in another way by again going to the Bible. It says, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."