July 31, 2016


I realized last week as I was talking to my 11 year old son that he didn’t know what “The Golden Rule” was.

Now don’t think too badly of me quite yet, we have been talking about treating people like you want to be treated ever since he and his sister were born.

We apparently just never have used the term “golden rule” too much with them.

So when he did something that was contrary to this “rule” last week, and I asked him to remember what the Golden Rule was, he said he didn’t know what I was talking about. So I used it as a teaching moment and filled him in on all of the details of what that phrase really means.  

It also reminded me though of how this plays out in our jobs on a daily basis, and how I as well as our co-workers seem to forget this phrase more often than not.

Treating others as we want to be treated seems to be such a basic human thing.  I mean, giving someone time to finish talking before we start talking in a meeting, being kind to others that we work with even if we really don’t care for them that much, helping someone out on a project at work that needs to be completed without being asked, moving that large package at work that your fellow co-worker seems to be struggling with, those are all “golden rule” things that we seem to take for granted.

I know that I do.

Jesus laid this all out for us though when he said everything hinges on this one” phrase” or law:

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  Matt 7:12 NIV

Use this as a simpler reminder this week to treat others as you want to be treated – and then imagine what the outcomes will be.

Don’t wait for the other person to be like this.

Be the example first.

Just as Christ was the example for us all.


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