An old biker taught me a good lesson yesterday about brotherhood. I had bought a book shelf online and of course it came “assembly required.” Anybody who knows me knows that about the only thing i can assemble is a sermon or a story. So I asked a friend if he could help me assemble it. It turned out that me friend could not figure it out either. I was about ready to give up when a biker who lives on my floor walked by my door. He stopped for a moment and I asked him if he had any idea how to put it together. I knew a little about him but we had never hung out together.

He said he had been putting furniture together since he was a child. He said “Let me go get my tools and we’ll get it together.”

He brought in his toolbox and we assembled the bookshelf. It took us about three hours and during that time I got to know him as a human being. The lesson he taught me was not only a few new tricks about assembling a bookshelf but about brotherhood. You see, I offered to pay him for his labor and he refused to accept it. He said he had assembled it because we lived in the same facility and that made us brothers. He said “Brothers help brothers. We have each other’s backs.”

Folks, the man exhibited the epitome of love. He could easily have charged me for assembling that book shelf and I would gladly have paid it. Instead, he did so because helping out was the right thing to do. Jesus told us that the greatest commandments were to love God and to love each other. Every major religion has love as its key component. That is because love is the most important thing in this world. People work hard from daylight to dark making ends meet and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, a person who is not disabled in some way should work. However, when we put making money and getting rich ahead of everything else we have our priorities all messed up. Love is our top priority. That biker showed me love by helping me put that book shelf together free of charge. While we were doing so I got to know him on a deeper level. That is what life is really all about. humans are herd creatures. We are meant to help and serve one another.

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