“Our job on earth isn’t to criticize, reject, or judge. Our purpose is to offer a helping hand, compassion, and mercy. We are to do unto others as we hope they would do unto us.”
— Dana Arcuri, Harvest of Hope: Living Victoriously Through Adversity, A 50-Day Devotional
My knowledge of the bible is very limited, but I do know that the phrase “do unto others as we hope they would do unto us” is part of its teachings. Turns out it’s from Matthew 7:12 – thank you World Wide Web!
It’s both a simplistic and profound statement, which many of us rarely think about as we go about our daily lives.
The challenges and difficulties of life consume us – often preventing us from thinking about anyone else with any regularity beyond ourselves. But no one is perfect and self-serving behaviors are simply a part of being human. Propagating those feelings over the course of one’s life is not.
Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
Sit back and ask yourself, are you “giving” out to the world what you would expect for yourself?
Remember life is like a mirror – what we put out into the world is often reflected back on us. It may not be immediate, but at some point in our lives it all catches up with us, and before long we finally understand the meaning of “do unto others”.
Bob Hope once joked, “If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.”