Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
I’m sure I heard a version of this verse many times as a kid.
I think it was used as a tool to convince me and my sisters to get along with one another.
But there really is so much more to this thought than just “getting along” with each other.
So many times, I feel like I’m lacking something.
Sometimes, I feel lonely…
This list goes on and on,
For EACH of us, I’m guessing.
What do we do when we are in that place of disappointment?
It’s one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves, because if we follow our feelings, we will oftentimes follow them right over a cliff.
Anger, bitterness, and resentment are just a few of the things we will find at the bottom of that cliff.
This verse guides us in the right direction.
Say hello to someone new. Invite somebody out to lunch. Be sure to include an invitation for me, too, because I LOVE lunch. Pay attention to others who appear to be lonely, too.
Send a note of encouragement to a friend. Compliment lots of people…. SINCERELY!
Take time to really listen to others. Put yourself in their shoes, and walk around in them for awhile.
Pay ATTENTION to others!
Open YOUR OWN EYES, and love on other “invisible” people.
Know that ALL of us are broken! So, be GENTLE with EVERYONE!
When we give to others all the things WE desperately need, His Word promises we will be greatly rewarded.(Luke6:35)
I learned years ago, that all of those feelings we have sometimes lead us to believe we are the “only ones” who feel them.
No greater mistake can be made, if you ask me!
Your feelings aren’t special.
Your feelings certainly aren’t unique!
So, instead of wondering why no one notices us in our darkest moments….
Notice SOMEBODY ELSE.
Because in doing so,
You will, in some crazy way,
Get exactly what you need.