I believe I read this story in the Guidepost.  It is about a man leaving a store and when he returned to his car he found he’d locked his keys and cell phone inside. He writes: a teenager riding his bike saw me kick a tire and say a few choice words. “What’s wrong?” he asked. I explained my situation. “But even if I could call my wife,” I said, “she can’t bring me her car key, since this is our only car.”  He handed me his cell phone. “Go ahead and call your wife and tell her I’m coming to get her key.” “That’s seven miles round trip.” “Don’t worry about it” the teenager said. An hour later, he returned with the key. I offered him some money, but he refused. “Let’s just say I needed the exercise.”  Then, like a cowboy in the movies, he rode off into the sunset. A saying worth remembering is “no act of caring, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Creating a culture of caring delivers the promise that through every circumstance, through trial and tribulation, through the good times and bad times, in the midst of the ordinary times, whether dealing with illness or the loss, whether finding a new job or enduring an old one, whether you are transitioning out of your home, whether there is separation or divorce, economic challenges – preoccupation with cable news, too much partying, too much work, too little time, a culture of caring means we will be there for one another. Never be so busy as not to care for others. Someone once said, “I’ve learned people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget you cared for them.” Each of us can create a culture of caring. The results are being more attentive and engaged with others, more committed to connecting, more welcoming and accepting, more inclusive and more productive in bearing the “Fruit of the Spirit”.

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:13
“Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers…”

Reflection Questions:
How are you creating a caring culture?
What “Fruit of the Spirit” do you need to work on?
How do people show they care for you?

Prayer: Holy God, wherever I find myself, surround me with people who care and help me never to be too busy to care for those in need. Amen.