The Golden Rule is truly an age-old message that bears repeating often. It comes from the Gospel of Matthew 7:12 – “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Let’s take this apart a little and get an idea of what ‘do’ actually means. To ‘do’ something refers to an action. And this action will often give us an idea of our status in practicing our Christian values. In other words, it lets us know if we are behaving consistently to our profession of faith. When considering our status, it is helpful to put ourselves in the shoes of another. ‘What do I want the other person to think about me?’ ‘Do I feel this way about the other person?’ If these two questions do not have the same answer, then we know we are not being consistent.
In the section of the Saint Paul’s handbook entitled “Christian Responsibilities” we have some helpful reminders of our expectations in this regard. Here is what our handbook states:
It is the Christian responsibility of everyone associated with Saint Paul’s Lutheran School (students, teachers parents, staff, coaches, volunteers, etc.) to exhibit Christian behavior and attitude. As Christians, we should:
- Encourage and uplift each other ALWAYS, but especially at school and school related events.
- Set a good example ALWAYS, but especially at school and school related events.
- Let our words and actions reflect God’s winning attitude ALWAYS, but especially at school and school related events. Win or lose, agree or disagree, show Christian behavior toward everyone.
The key to all of these winning behaviors is CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE in all we endeavor to do ALWAYS, but ESPECIALLY at SCHOOL and SCHOOL RELATED EVENTS. With God’s help we will all succeed in letting His light shine in all we do.”
If you have not taken the opportunity to review your handbook lately, this might be a good time to do so. It serves as a wonderful reminder that we are all here together to serve the Kingdom and support each other in our efforts to do so.
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