Because we are so busy with our own agenda and tasks, it’s easy to overlook the needs of those around us. As I watched this beautiful Russian video, I was reminded again of the need to be alert to the needs of others, stop what I am doing, and lend a helping hand. The truth is, we are all in this together.

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44 thoughts on “Be Alert to the Needs of Others

  1. Thank you for sharing this! I will be reposting this on my blog and link back to you! Much appreciated, and blessings!

  2. Two things;

    1. This video brought me to tears. We are not only in too much of a hurry to get wherever we are going, we also don’t want to annoy those behind us to help those in front of us.

    2. What are the cars made of in Russia that a man can lift one out of the snow bank?

      • Yes, Tor! My daughter and I have talked about packing a lunch box or small cooler of lunch bags just in case we run into someone in need.

        So many times we’ve crossed the path of someone hungry or needing something and quickly searched our car for something, but being prepared would be much better.

  3. My heart was cut in a good way this morning….

    I burst into tears at 1:22 into the piece when the toddler wandered around into the highway with no one around except the trucker who stopped – and then the mother at the bus stop whose baby stroller rolled into the street.

    The parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind with a clarion call to be mindful of others. Thanks for sharing this!

    • I’m right there with you Tor.

      I witnessed a bit of this myself driving home from work today. There was a motorcycle accident on the freeway with the rider awake but immobile in the middle of the fast lane (large 6-lane freeway)–highway patrol had not arrived yet. About ten cars pulled over to block & redirect traffic so the cyclist could be protected until the ambulance arrived.

      Treat others how you would want to be treated…

    • That part sent shivers down my spine, literally freaked me out, especially as the father of a two year old.
      Thanks to the awareness brought about by this video, I was able come to the aid of several individuals today, that I might have otherwise passed by (no life saving feats were performed, but I was able to help in my own little way).

  4. Wow, powerful indeed. I found myself saying, “Why aren’t other people stopping?” out loud as I watched. Got some funny looks from my co-workers.

  5. Wow, thanks for the reminder that there is still goodness and kind people in our world.
    Those small brief moments seem so big to me this morning.

    • I like how you said that Sovann – “…those small brief moments seem so big…” – that is a profound statement. I think God views them in the same way!

  6. Beautiful reminder. “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ (Matthew 25:40)

  7. Maybe it’s not survival of the fittest, but survival together.

    Yesterday, a crow was forcing a pair of ducks out into the street. It was a strange scene. I couldn’t help but intervene. I wasn’t going to have a pair of dead ducks on my watch.

    • I like that your turn of phrase – “…it’s not survival of the fittest, but survival together…” – and bravo to your aviary intervention!!!

  8. Okay, I admit it, my first thought was ‘seriously, the Russians?!” but there you go – it’s a lovely, inspiring video Michael. Thanks for sharing it!

  9. What a great video. I will be reposting it. In the current world of “me, me, me” it is wonderful to see people careing for others. Everyone needs to see this video and I’m going to point all I can back to your post. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Michael, thanks for this video. I live in Ukraine and sometimes life can be discouraging when come in contact with grumpy, selfish people. However, it’s important to stop and think of those who showed simple kindness and what an amazing effect that has!

    Мир не без добрых людей! Совершай добрые дела!

  11. MIchael, I love this video. However, the main message for me was not that I need to stop and lend a hand more ofter (well, that too) BUT that there is so much Good around us everyday, everywhere we just tend not to notice.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  12. Translation from Russian in the beginning of the video says –
    “Every deed is capable of becoming the most kind if there is no self-interest in it.
    Do good works.”

    Thanks Michael.

  13. A great video on compassion or mercy, but I have to ask the “justice” question as well: Why are we not more careful drivers so the elderly don’t need help crossing traffic safely? What social circumstances lead to babies walking out into traffic?

    Anyone with a pulse is going to stop and pull a baby out of traffic, but kind deeds can go beyond intervention in the moment.

    Thanks for sharing this, Michael.

  14. Highly convicting and deeply moving….in the words of Hallmark….When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best… not always a card…..but a caring gesture expressed…Kleenex anyone?

  15. Ca fait chaud au coeur de voir l’entraide de voir qu’il y a encore des gens qui regardent aux autres sans rien attendre en retour…C’est un baume sur nos coeurs ce matin à travers ce monde rempli d’égoïsme,de matérialisme…Laissons l’Amour de Christ couler à travers nous…

  16. It’s nice to see people doing nice things and what amazes me is how many Russians have dashcams!

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