The Golden Rule
By Mavis Tipton
It was a few days before hurricane Irma, and I was in my vehicle going to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I was behind a pickup truck and we all had to stop for the red light. As the light changed to green we all began moving forward, when a car from the opposite direction decided to make a U-turn in front of the pickup and from the right side a car decides to turn left in front of the traffic in the right lane.
Fortunately everyone stopped and the two vehicles making their turns proceeded without a fender-bender.
I sat in my vehicle amazed at how thoughtless these two drivers had been. It appeared wherever they were going was more important than waiting their turn. Strangely enough no one honked their horns.
As I drove into the grocery store parking lot there was a frenzy going on there with again people consumed with their own needs and not concerned for anyone else’s needs. (By the way you have to always drive defensively in the grocery store parking lot.)
Inside the store was no different, everyone wanting water and food, etc., and they didn’t care if they ran over you or not. A few people were helping each other but for the most part it was everyone for themselves. I was glad to get back home out of the war zone safe and sound.
The day after the storm everyone was out in their yards cleaning up and being helpful to their neighbor, not just next door, but in the community.
It reminded me of how everyone pulled together after both Frances and Jean came through. This time because it wasn’t as bad for us and because our state and county and city had prepared for such times, our recuperation was shorter, and life went back to ‘normal.’
I know times have changed but God’s Word has not changed. The kingdom law that is at the heart of all relationships is; Matt. 7:12 “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
As children of God we have such great opportunities to show God’s love, kindness, and mercy, as we go out among the world.
Putting others before our self, saying a kind word, giving a smile, pointing someone in the right direction, offering a helping hand.
Think what a profound effect the “Golden Rule” would have if it were applied at every level in our world! If we will put it into practice we can have a powerful effect on our society.
We teach it to our children, but do we do it? It is a kingdom foundation for all social relationships.
As we approach the holidays may we be mindful to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” May we be ambassadors for