Picture yourself in the following situation. As you return home from work, shopping or school, you spot a sizable object in the road. As you approach for a closer look, you realize that it is an unconscious person. He or she is bleeding and appears seriously hurt, possibly having been struck by a vehicle. You immediately dial 911 to request assistance. After verifying your location, the operator requests that you approach the person to check for vitals. He also asks if you feel competent, with his direction, to administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and/or CPR if needed. He adds, “Your prompt action may mean the difference between life and death.”
What would YOU do?
Are you aware that hundreds of Americans find them selves in similar situations weekly? How many of these administer direct resuscitation measures if required? Although exact figures are unknown, some estimate that LESS than 15% of Americans will take proactive steps to save a life.
Why such a low percentage? Concerns for “Acquiring HIV”, “Making matters worse”, or “Being sued” are cited as reasons for doing nothing. Unfortunately, hundreds die annually as able-bodied bystanders stand back and wait for paramedics to show. Worse yet, others pass by as if there is nothing more significant than a squirrel lying in the street.
I hope that everyone reading this would do something. But what about the scores of dying souls we encounter each week? Are we willing to do something to save them from eternal fire? Here is something most of us can do – attend the “Can I Tell You a Story” workshop at the Chelsea Church of Christ on Saturday, Feb 10 from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Attending will help keep us from being indifferent bystanders who wait around for a preacher to show.
“…pray the Lord of the harvest to send out LABORERS into His harvest." (Matt. 9:38)
Jesus, always Jesus!