By Wayne Rector, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor resident
Finally she said, “I am glad I am not a fork.” Her mother asked, “What is wrong with forks?”
The girl replied, “Well they like to stab things. It’s like they are saying, ‘gimme gimme all the time.” Her mother, amazed at her daughter’s conclusion, held up a knife and said “What about this?”
The girl indicated that she would not care to be like a knife either, “too bossy” she said. “Knives always want to change things to suit them. Spoons are like friends,” she said as she lovingly caressed a spoon. “They don’t ever try to change anything; they just seem to say, here, let me help you.”
The thoughts of the seven year old girl make a good analogy of Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan, as told in Luke 10:27. The priest and the Levite thought more of themselves than that of the man in dire need, while the Samaritan had compassion and willingly became the poor man’s benefactor.
Using the comparisons of the thoughtful girl, which do you find yourself to be? A knife, a fork, or a spoon?