“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to
treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
This is a great verse to memorize. It’s good for our growth. Yet how many of us live it out to perfection?
Here’s an example:
One morning, as I worked out, I heard a tapping on the window of the civilian 24/7 gym’s entry door. The door stays locked, so that non-members can’t get in without a key. The huge window paneled walls on two sides allowed those in the gym to see the door to the parking lot, but I wasn’t facing that direction. I only heard the tapping. It stopped after a few minutes. ‘Someone must have let the person in,’ I thought.
It was dark (about 6:45) and cold for Texas – 19 degrees Fahrenheit!
I took a deep breath and moved to my next workout station. I looked straight ahead at the wall. The tap, tap, tapping began again. This time I looked to the right. A young woman, head covered with a hoodie, caught my eye. I was halfway though my fifteen reps, paused, then caught the eye of another gym regular.
‘Do you know that lady?” I nodded my head in her direction.
He finally saw her and opened the door. Apparently she had forgotten her keys when she walked out earlier and couldn’t get I her car. It happens. She wasn’t someone trying to get in without paying – something that had happened to me before a few years ago.
It was cold –if I had been outside, I would have wanted the person working out to notice me earlier and let me in. Next time, that’s exactly what I’ll do for them. And we can all do that for others in our lives.