Harold Storelee was doing what he had always done. He was mowing his yard. It was his pride and joy.
But somewhere in the weekly chore, he required more help.
Storelee fell in front of his home and broke a hip. Emergency responders came to his aid and did what their required job.
They took vitals, got him stabilized, and transported him to the hospital.
But then they did more.
They called their supervisor and asked for an extra hour. When he agreed, the techs returned to Storelee’s home and finished his yard.
As one of them said:
There was no hesitation from anybody. We talked to our lieutenant and captain, and they were 100 percent behind it. We knew he’d be down for a while, (so) we figured the least we could do was go back and help out. We’ve done similar things before. We look at it as a family community. I’ve seen people with broken porches and replaced a couple of boards. If we see someone in need, we can go help and buy them groceries, and the department will refund us our money.
The measure of Christianity is not “enough” but “more.” No, it’s no more things, money, status, or privilege. It is more service.
Jesus reminded his audience to do what no one would do.
“If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.” (Matthew 5:41)
For Jesus, following him means going beyond the begrudging rule. It is doing more than that.
We find many instances where we could do “enough.” But when it comes to showing the face of Jesus to a world which knows little of him, you need to do more.
-Robert G. Taylor-