From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

Back in January there was a news report that came out in the United States that Sally-Ann Roberts, a morning show co-anchor for a New Orleans television station was announcing her retirement after 40 years.

The reason this was making headlines nationally was because this woman is the sister of Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America.’

Robin was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder in 2012 and it was her sister who saved her life through a bone marrow donation.

Robin Roberts has testified publicly by saying, “The only reason I’m here living is she was my bone marrow donor.”

As newspaper columnist, Dr. Jim Denison puts it, Sally-Ann Roberts made her sister’s problem her problem.

I think that’s a good description of this selfless act.

Have you ever considered doing such a thing for someone in your life?

No, I am not talking about something necessarily as drastic as what Sally-Ann did for Robin, but I am talking about laying your life down in order to help someone else’s, however that may play out.

Jesus put it this way in John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

This means buying some extra groceries for a family in need.

It means visiting a lonely senior in a nursing home.

It means lending your car so that your neighbour can get to work.

Yes, it may mean donating anything from a pint of your blood to a piece of your liver.

The bottom line is, do you think of others ahead of yourself?

Maybe you will have an opportunity to do this very thing this week.