Go the Extra Mile.


"If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles."

- Matthew 5:41


I was thoroughly impressed.

Last week, in preparation for the holiday shopping season, I ordered some tote bags. When they arrived, I realized I ordered the wrong bags.

So I called the company and asked them if I could exchange the bags I ordered for the right ones. Little did I know that there was a $150 difference that I would have to pay.

The quality of the bags that I wanted was worth the price difference, so I proceeded with the order. Before the customer service rep transferred me to my sales rep, she told me that since I’ve been a valued customer of theirs, they would exchange the bags at no additional cost.

They also scheduled a pick-up for me so I wouldn’t have to go out of my way to return the merchandise. Now that’s great customer service and they’ll get a lot more orders from me in the future.

I love the parable of the good Samaritan. Most people have heard someone say "go the extra mile" or “do more than you get paid to do” at some point in their life, but not everyone will.

As the story goes in Luke 10, a Jewish man traveling to Jericho was robbed, beaten, and left for dead on the side of the road.

A priest and Levite came along and saw the man lying there, but chose to ignore him. Then, an unlikely hero, a Samaritan, came along and decided to help him.

The Samaritans were despised by Jewish people. They were outcasts and looked down on. So the Samaritan would’ve had a good reason to ignore the man, but he didn’t.

The Samaritan had compassion for the man and treated his wounds. And he didn't just stop there. He put the man on his donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him.

Luke 10:35 says, "The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, 'Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.'"

The good Samaritan is a prime example of how we should always go above and beyond the call of duty. Just like the company I ordered from went the extra mile to help me, we should do more than what's expected of us in every area of our lives.

"If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles."

- Matthew 5:41

I once heard someone say, ”If you’re willing to do more than you are paid to do, eventually you will be paid to do more than you do.”

Whether you see the effects of your actions or not, everything you do matters. You will reap what you sow so always go the extra mile with a sincere heart.

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- Mags