The Rockin' Rev February 2020
The Golden Rule
After an impatient wait, I finally reached the checkout. What I then saw was a tired, sullen lady, mechanically scanning my items without even looking up
I felt prompted to ask a simple question, "How is your day going?" With the look she gave me, you would have thought those 5 words were, "You've just won the lottery". She literally stopped scanning, looked up, and gave me a big smile
"Thank you so much for asking!" she replied. Then, she went on to tell me about her day. Her whole demeanour changed! I bagged my shopping, wished her a good day, and left the store in shock at what one simple question could do
Since that day, I've made it a point to ask that same question as often as I can and every time I ask it, I'm amazed at the wide-open door that results from taking a moment to simply care enough to ask someone about their day. It takes the mundane moments in everyday life and turns them into opportunities to bless others - even if it's only with a question!
One of the most famous teachings of Jesus is known as The Golden Rule. It's found in the Bible and reads, "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31)
The Golden Rule shows that Jesus understood the universal desire of people, the desire for love, respect and appreciation, whether they deserve it or not
So, how does The Golden Rule work? Simple! (I think). If I want to be shown respect then I must respect others! If I crave a kind word then I must speak words of kindness to others! If I want people to listen to me then I must listen to others! If I want people to care for me then I must care for others. If I want to be appreciated then I must appreciate others
As Stephen C Walton has noted, "The Golden Rule doesn't tell us what is right from wrong; but helps to keeps our judgments and actions in harmony with a caring and positive value system"
I'm truly grateful for that day at the checkout. I sometimes wonder how many times God has tried to wake me up to the needs of others, but I've been too preoccupied to listen
It's never too late to show respect, to speak a kind word, to listen or to care. It's sometimes as easy as taking the time to notice someone and asking them, "How is your day going?"
Rev Brian Hall
Vicar, St Andrew’s Church
as published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine
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