Do Unto Others

It Is recorded in Matthew 7 that as Jesus was speaking to a crowd on the side of a mountain (a large group of his close disciples, on-looking religious leaders, and ragtag misfits who had found acceptance in his presence) he made the following, rather radical statement,

         "In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets."

It seems, at least if we believe the words of Jesus, that if we would simply take the time to think of how our decisions are affecting others; about how they will feel, interpret and respond to our actions... if we would put ourselves in their shoes and act only in ways that would bless, encourage, nurture and bring peace, we would naturally fulfill all that is required of us as humans in the earth. "This fulfills the law." Are we living in a manner where we are present and conscious enough to do this?

Our days are filled, packed tight to bursting with things to do. In all the hustle there is little time to live the way Jesus described above. You can't be conscious of the feelings and needs of others while zipping past them, shuffling by in a hurried fluster as you try to get to the front of the line that is life in our marketplace, global existence. This statement of Jesus is no simple task that can be completed thoughtlessly, as though simply knowing that he said it means that we are doing it somehow. It must be intentional.

Try moving a little slower today. With each person that you are meeting think, Who are they? What do they need? How can I help meet that need (physically, emotionally, spiritually)? If I were them, how would I like/need to be treated? I am telling you, that if we would all do this, the world would quickly become a much better, brighter place. 

I'm not perfect at this, and neither are you, but we can both determine to grow a little today. We can purpose in our hearts that we are going to take time for people, be available and conscious... that we will care. Let's try today to do unto others as we would have them do to us. By not only knowing this concept but practicing it everyday, everywhere we go, we could change the world.