In a Nutshell

This Monday School post is short and sweet. I almost waited to post but you can’t post Monday School on Tuesday. You just can’t.

We all know the Golden Rule: Do to others what you would have them do to you. Jesus said this right after he talked about fathers giving stones instead of bread and snakes instead of fish in Matthew 7.

I like this version of it from the TLB:

“Do for others what you want them to do for you. This is the teaching of the laws of Moses in a nutshell.”  Matthew 7:12

And especially this one in The Message:

“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”   Matthew 7:12

We know it but we don’t always practice it. It’s easy to know what we want others to do for us, but it’s hard to do those things for others. Every day we deal with people not practicing the Golden Rule. And every day people deal with me not going by this simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior.

But when I see it or experience it or even practice it myself……something happens. Even if only for that moment, I feel better. I’m hopeful. I’m happy and thankful. And the other person probably feels the same way.

Let’s be more aware of these opportunities to “grab the initiative” and do for others what we would want them to do for us. Sometimes it’s big things, but most of the time, it’s the small acts that make a big difference.

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  1. brucewmartin on December 19, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Absolutely love this! Jesus doesn’t give us the option to be passive. He says take the initiative and “do!”

    • mariegriffith on December 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Thank you for reminding us of this on Sunday!

  2. PamBarksdale on December 22, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Love this post Marie! I’ve been teaching this one to little “Missy” and doing my best to live by it. I have so many of your posts to catch up on, and after next week I will. Love you!

    • mariegriffith on December 22, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Pam. I love you too! We need to see each other soon.

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