THURSDAY, JUNE 4
“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 (ESV)
LOVE GOES THE EXTRA MILE
Second-mile people always excel. Around 1920 a pharmacist bought a drug store on the south side of Chicago. Soon, he was bored with his job and began to dream how he could make it more exciting. It was during a time when people were just beginning to call in their orders using a telephone, so this man decided to challenge himself to make his job more interesting. He decided to see how quickly he could deliver a telephone order. When someone called in, he repeated the order aloud, including the name and address. As he spoke with the caller, his assistant filled the order and a driver left immediately to deliver it. The druggist kept the customer on the phone chatting until the order arrived at the caller’s home.
Most of the customers lived nearby, of course, but this kind of prompt service was revolutionary, and word soon spread. It became the busiest pharmacy in Chicago. He bought other stores and added new ideas like a soda fountain. Within a few years, he had a chain of stores. Can you guess his name? He was Charles Walgreen. Today, there are over 5,000 Walgreens because of a man who decided to go the second mile. (David Dykes, How to Take Your Job and Love It)
When you and I are getting medical advice for our children or someone we love, one of the best questions we can ask a medical professional is “What would you do if it was your child or family member?” That’s because we know that they would go the extra mile and do what is best for someone they love. The Samaritan in Luke 10 treated this stranger like you would treat your own family member. That was the example Jesus gave us of loving our neighbor. Whoever God brings into our life with a need we should do our best to love them like family and go the extra mile.