Over the years I have had to be reminded that, as a lawyer and more importantly as a follower of Jesus Christ, I have an obligation to help others and to do so for the right reason. On occasion I must admit that I put my own interest over that of others and when I did so I always regretted it later. Last month, I saw firsthand what it means to put the interests of others over your own personal interest. I attended a news conference in the law office of Lance Cooper in Marietta, Ga. That event had to do with the filing of a lawsuit by the parents of a young woman who had been killed in a tragic motor vehicle crash.
Ken & Beth Melton, the parents of Brooke Melton, a beautiful young lady who was killed in the motor vehicle crash in 2010, had settled a wrongful death lawsuit for a confidential amount with General Motors. They had learned later that the automaker had for more than 10 years covered up a known safety defect in their cars, one of which was involved in Brooke’s death. The Meltons also learned that GM had lied under oath during their case and also had lied to the court and to the American people.
The Meltons decided to return the money received in their settlement to the automaker and refile the lawsuit. Their mission now is to make the death of their daughter bring to the public’s attention the unsafe practices of the automaker, which included a deliberate cover-up, and to save lives in the future. While the Meltons seek justice, they also desire that a lasting memorial to Brooke be that others might live who otherwise might become victims of corporate deceit and greed.
I left Lance’s office that day fully realizing what a brave and courageous act of unselfish love for others I had observed. Regardless of the outcome of the Melton case, it gave me a new and lasting understanding of what it really means to help others. I saw by the actions of two persons who had suffered tremendous hurt a sincere desire to put the interests of others over their own. My prayer is that others may learn from that act of love and concern for others. The following scripture describes what the Meltons have done.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.
My involvement with the Meltons makes me realize how blessed I am to be a lawyer who helps people. I thank God for the opportunity!
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