Who Is Your Neighbor?

Who Is Your Neighbor?, Jim O'Connor, TLC volunteer, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, calculus and algebra teacher, blood donor, baby cuddler, rocks babies, man holding baby

Who Is Your Neighbor?

Have you recently thought much about the parable of the Good Samaritan and who your neighbor is?

Jim O’Connor did. But, no one would suspect; he has a reputation as a gruff algebra and calculus teacher.

Who Is Your Neighbor?, “TLC Volunteer” at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Jim O'Connor, math teacher,

Gentle and loving is not the side his students generally see, so it was surprising to find out that strict, no-nonsense Mr. O’Connor is a “TLC Volunteer” at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he has spent several days a week for the past 20 years cuddling sick babies.

Today Moms writes:

As a “TLC Volunteer”, Jim O’Connor visits the patients who need a little extra care because they are lonely, fussy, scared, or have no parents. Only a handful of the hospital’s 550 volunteers are given the “TLC” designation, which is reserved for the most seasoned helpers.
O’Connor was first drawn to the hospital by a friend who asked him to take part in a blood drive. With Type O negative blood — which is precious because it can be transfused into any patient — he kept returning to give blood and platelets, eventually becoming the hospital’s top donor. He’s given 72 gallons of blood so far.
During his visits, O’Connor kept seeing volunteers helping sick children, so he asked how he could take part and was encouraged to volunteer himself. That’s when the tough math teacher, who is not married and doesn’t have kids of his own, found his other calling: comforting babies who seem to take to him as much as he takes to them.
O’Connor is drawn to the babies who don’t have visitors. Some parents can’t come very often because they live far away, have to work or have other kids at home they have to take care of, he said. Other times, the babies may be on a “hospital hold” — waiting to be placed in foster care because they were neglected or abused.
Who Is Your Neighbor?, Jim O'Connor, TLC volunteer for babies, Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, love your neighbor, cuddling babies,

Jim O’Connor is worth emulating.

Whatever season of life you find yourself in as a woman of God, an important question to resolve in your heart is “Who is my neighbor, and who should I be serving at this stage of my life?” If we are to follow the commands of Christ, we must be servants committed to meeting the needs of others with a deep-down humility.

~A daughter can serve her family, readying herself to possibly have her own family one day ( Colossians 3:23)

~A married woman can serve beside her husband as a help-meet as well as minister to other women and mothers (Proverbs 31)

~A mother with children seeks to draw the hearts of her charges to know the Lord within her own home and teach them (Deuteronomy 6: 4-9)

~A mother with grown children continues to bless her husband but can serve outside the home in other ministry capacities as directed by the Lord (Titus 2: 3-5).

~ A grandmother can be a tremendous support and encouragement to the new young families and ask how they can come alongside to bless them in the Lord (2 Timothy 1:5)

Just as Jim O’Connor chose to make ‘the least of these’ little ones in the hospital his neighbor and bring sunshine into their lives, so we as mothers must chose to make our ‘neighbor’ the very family we have been given by God. Jim’s calling is caring for the most needy of the babes at Children’s Hospital, and we mother’s primary mission-field is our family in the home. There is no role in life more important and more eternal than that of motherhood.

Who Is Your Neighbor?, quote, Deeprootsathome.com, Mother_Kissing_Baby

If I told you anything else, I would not be telling you the truth of what would bless your life the most! Over any other place we can serve in the world, we must not fail to bring the beautiful, powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ into our homes – to live it with our husbands and to teach it to our children.

“God…made childhood joyous, full of life, bubbling over with laughter, playful, bright and sunny. We should put into their childhood days just as much sunshine and gladness, just as much cheerful pleasure as possible.

Pour in the sunshine about them in youth. Let them be happy, encourage all innocent joy, provide pleasant games for them, romp and play with them; be a child again among them. Then God’s blessing will come upon your home, and your children will grow up sunny-hearted, gentle, affectionate, joyous themselves and joy-bearers to the world.”
~ J.R. Miller

Decide today who your neighbor is! If you are uncertain, bow down before the Lord God and ask. He will certainly show you, dear one.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” ~Luke 10:25-30

Who Is Your Neighbor?, Emile Munier, May I Have One, too?, painting, child with a slice of bread, eating fruit

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~ Jacqueline

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16 Responses to Who Is Your Neighbor?

  1. Toni says:

    Jacqueline, thank you for sharing this inspiring story. What a selfless man.
    “I don’t want to see ’em alone. You can’t do that.” said it all didn’t it.
    We need more Jim O’Connors for sure.

  2. SallyAnn says:

    What a great story Jacqueline. I would love to hold babies in need. I have to see if there is a need in my area for something like that. What a wonderfully giving man Mr. O’conner is and the example he is setting for those students is priceless.

    Have an awesome day.

  3. Sharon K says:

    Thank you for stopping by my place on the web. I hope my photography will be a blessing to others and give honor to God.

    Your post here was a blessing; thank you for sharing. Just last evening I had the privilege of speaking to a group of teens on the subject of serving others.

    I also have a question regarding your experience with feverfew and lemon balm for migraines. Are you aware of any adverse reaction in using these with thyroid medicines? (My doctor was no help.)


    • Jacqueline says:

      Sharon, I am not aware of ant reactions, adverse or otherwise…if you feel there is a challenge to you in that area, err in favor of ‘doing no harm’. I wish I could help more. I left a comment on your delightful blog.
      God bless you!

    • Charlotte Moore says:

      WOW!!! Beautiful photography.

  4. Roxy says:

    Dear Friend, this was just so uplifting!! It is amazing how reading something like this can inspire us to greater love! We are our Brothers keeper! Sometimes this world seems so cold and then we hear and read about these wonderful acts of kindness! Or should a say a ministry. Just loved this so much! Thanks for sharing!!
    Love, Roxy PS The elderberry really protected me this year from sickness…

  5. Jennifer P. says:

    What a difference we can make~

  6. Cheryl Smith says:

    This was a precious post! So needful! I loved reading about this man and his sacrifices of love for the innocent. Every person we come into contact with is our neighbor, but no where is it more important that we serve and show love than within the walls of our homes. If we all treated our family members who live with us as politely, as gently, and as courteously as we treat the strangers we pass on the street, how much happier and more peaceful our homes would be! May God help us to be Jesus’ hands, feet, and heart to our husbands and children…right on our own, little, individual mission fields. That love will flow from our homes to all who know us and come into contact with us. Thank you for the dear reminder today, sweet friend! Love and blessings to you, Cheryl

  7. Charlotte Moore says:

    What a sweet touching story. Loved watching the video. Brought me to tears. What a good deed he is doing.

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hi, Charlotte :)
      How are you, sweet friend? Are you ready for a warm-up? Spring won’t be long now…

      Often I look back and wish I had used the years before our children more wisely to minister to others, especially as a young Christian with more energy. I love the mission-field with our children, and it still goes on. And now, the Lord has opened my eyes to this new season. Would you pray that I can use my time more effectively and stay on focus?

  8. Adam says:

    This is a cool story. Thanks for sharing.

  9. KalleyC says:

    This is such a beautiful story! This is why we can never judge a book by its cover. You wouldn’t think that he is that kind of person, but we need people like him in this world to make it a better place! Thank you for sharing this story! I’m stopping by from Creating with Joy blog linkup.

  10. Hilary says:

    What a lovely story! Thank you for posting this for all of us to consider.
    Much love to you and yours, Hilary

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