Post by Josh Vermett
“Do unto others as you would have them to do to you” - Jesus
I once heard a colleague say “If,…………that’s the smallest word with the biggest potential”
As a child, my father would employ the use of the rod. He fully believed that were he to spare it, we would be spoiled. We learned, we lived, and we were better for it. In my adolescent mind, I felt that he may have used it far to regularly. I also thought that sometimes the punishment didn’t fit the crime. I learned how to remove myself from the situation in an effort to “beat the system” and avoid the pain. In these moments I would allow my mind to wander, thinking of ways to avoid receiving the punishment. I came upon a thought, or a revelation. I thought “What would happen if we were all just nice to each other?”
I have held onto that notion, through adulthood. I do my best to treat those around me as nicely as I am able. Humans are fallible, and are wrought with emotions that can overcome our logic. At times I fail, and learn.
Growing up, I didn’t know Jesus. I knew of the Bible. I was never taught what it really meant. I had no idea that Jesus had mentioned the “Golden Rule”, or that my childhood thought was closely related to it.
I have found that many people know of this rule, but don’t often apply it. There is a crazy notion that this rule is viewed as a weakness or character flaw, because some may take advantage of a person whom apply this to their interactions with others. While that may be true in some instances, that is by no means a reason not to treat people well. I teach my kids that there is no reason to not treat people the way they want to be treated. This “weakness” in fact, is one of their greatest strengths.
If most people could apply this to their lives, I do think this world would be better off. No person is immune to the gratitude they feel when they are treated with respect, kindness, and humility. Do not falter, or lose hope. Even when your kindness is not well received, it will plant a seed in the mind of the people you interact with. Seeds grow, given time. Any small act of kindness can have a giant impact on the lives it touches. This holds true, even if you cant see it.
Have a blessed day!
Josh works on the board for First Mission and lives in Lapeer Michigan with his wife and 2 children.
Andrew is president of First Mission. He lives in Lapeer Michigan with his wife and 2 children.
Jon is a pastor living in Caro Michigan where he lives with his wife and 4 children.