Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I’m making a huge assumption here and that is that I would believe that most people have heard that somewhere along our journey through life. Maybe a teacher or perhaps your parent or even grandparent has let that sentence roll off their tongue in your presence? If so, it was probably during a moment of strong parenting or teaching whereby you or the person with you had done something to hurt, disrespect or devalue another person.
In my opinion, it’s a line that isn’t used enough anymore and both parents and kids alike could benefit from a gentle reminder. Actually, everyone could. It’s a great lesson for kids to remember on the playground, in the classroom and beyond. Additionally, I think it’s a good reminder for those of us who choose to use Social Media. I love Social Media and what it has offered all of us but, on the flip side, I’ve seen too much on there that certainly doesn’t abide by the words I’m referring to in this article.
Where does this wise teaching come from? It’s actually derived from a command based on words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” The Mosaic law (just another term for the law or Moses) contains a parallel commandment: “Whatever is hurtful to you, do not do to any other person.” Thus the wisdom of ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. I think it’s spectacular. Simple yet packed full of personal and corporate guidance. Imagine a world where we all lived actually living this out, treating others in the way that we would love them to treat us. I get a little giddy just thinking about such a world. A place where everyone is valued, honoured and respected. Isn’t that the way it’s meant to be?
I don’t know about you but I’m challenged by this sentence and idea. I’m challenged to live better, be kinder with my words, show love and kindness and to simply treat others like I would like to be treated. Blessing the socks off of people and expecting that blessing to come flying back at me. Sounds pretty good to me.
So, this week let’s make it our personal goal and maybe even our family goal to be ‘do unto one another as we would have them do unto us’. I’m in and I hope you are too.
Be blessed friends…. I know I will 🙂