The golden rule goes: treat others how you want to be treated.
My mom told me a story about when I was little – I hadn’t remembered it.
I was about 8-years-old when it happened. There was a girl who was a little older than me. She girl was being picked on. Older kids were throwing sticks and stones at her while calling her mean names. I walked over to this group and told them to stop it. My mom told me that the kids stopped when I told them to. When I heard this story about myself as a young child – I was happy that even though I hadn’t remembered it, I had made a difference in that girl’s life at that moment.
I guess that is always what kind of a person I’ve been. Where ever a person was being picked on I’d have a huge sense of conviction. That I needed to help them. And, I bet you can imagine, that didn’t exactly make me popular. It didn’t. And I got my share of bulling as well. There were definitely moments I had hoped someone would have stepped in like I had so many years before for that other girl in the park.
Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end of ‘The Golden Rule’? How about on the receiving side of a person who isn’t incorporating ‘The Golden Rule’ into their life?
If that was a yes, then I have a few reasons you should implement ‘The Golden Rule’ into your life and how it will better your life. I’ve also included some things you can do when when you are hurt.
Why You Should Implement
‘The Golden Rule’ into Your Life
1.) You’ll have better days and you’ll feel better about yourself
When you treat others how you would like to be treated you are bound to have a better day. You are bound to be happier, because the people around you are happier, which leads me to my next point.
2.) You’ll be well liked
Let me just ask you, do you like people who are nice to you? Or do you like people who are mean to you? (Click to Tweet)
3.) You’ll be able to focus on what you need to do
You can instead go about your day happily. You won’t have to worry if your sibling is going to yell at you after work or if your roommate is going to get mad at you for not doing your dishes last night. You won’t have to worry about how other people are going to react.
4.) Less Stress
You will most likely have less stress in your life. If you treat someone with love and kindness that is a seed. And hopefully sooner or later, they will mirror it back onto you. I know this can be tough because there are some people out there that are difficult to get along with.
Thought for the day: Maybe you need to be the first to throw the pebble into the river. (Click to Tweet)
When Someone Doesn’t Treat You How They’d Like To Be Treated
- How do you feel when someone doesn’t treat you how they would like to be treated?
– Do you feel less than human?
– Do you feel hurt or sad?
- What do you do when someone doesn’t treat you with the Golden Rule?
– Do you get mad at them?
– Do you try hurt them?
– Do you walk away from them and avoid them?
Let me just say that the 5 options above are the wrong ways to react.
It can be harder said than done. I know how it feels. I spent many years in middle school crying in a bathroom stall or crying myself to sleep, but I want you to know I know how you feel. It is definitely harder said than done.
Tips on how to put up with a person who doesn’t live by the Golden Rule?
- Show love if you can.
- Think about what could be going on in that person’s life that makes them act the way they do.
- Bite tongue and ignore rude comments (This one is a hard one for me.)
When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. – Luke 6:30 (The Message)
Do you have any other good reasons why you should implement ‘The Golden Rule’ into your life? Or other things that a person can do when they are faced with someone who doesn’t treat them with’The Golden Rule’?
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