On hot summer days, we can usually find a makeshift lemonade stand somewhere, run by children who want to make a few bucks.
They’re simple set-ups where folks can buy a cup or two of lemonade, wet their whistle and encourage some kids.
Most youngsters are content to collect some quarters in an old coffee can for two hours of work—but not 6-year-old Drew Cox.
The young Texan didn’t just set up a lemonade stand in his front yard to snag ten bucks. He didn’t just serve lemonade to quench the thirst of a few kind neighbors and strangers.
Drew erected his stand with hopes of raising a lot of money to help his father pay off the medical bills that had piled up, after Randy Cox had been diagnosed with cancer and started taking chemotherapy.
As word traveled across the east Texas town that Drew was selling lemonade to help pay for his father’s medical expenses, good-willed Texans flocked to his stand.
Drew charged the customary 25 cents per cup. Some bought cups of lemonade, while others wrote checks and made donations—including one check for $5,000.
Amazingly, young Drew Cox raised over $10,000 in one day.
That’s compassion and generosity in action—roped together in the Lone Star state—to help a struggling father and his family!
Our Savior felt and demonstrated compassion for people everywhere. Children. Parents. Lepers. Adulterers. Soldiers. Rebels. Everyone.
The Bible says, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). First, our amazing Savior felt compassion, deep inside. Then, he jumped into action, on behalf of others.
Jesus never got stuck in the quagmire of passivity and inactivity. Instead, he dared to care—and decided to act. He got involved.
Our Savior’s heart of compassion always moved him to take action. He saw and felt something, and then he did something. Every time.
Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another.”
I wonder how we’ll respond today to what we see and feel.