THE GOLDEN RULE
Who loves those mornings when you don't need to rush off to work or an appointment right away, but have some time for yourself where you can sleep in, grab a cup of coffee and read in the stillness. I sure do! These mornings don't come all too often with the business of life, but I'm sure happy when they do come.
On Wednesday it was one of these mornings, where I was sitting with my mom in the kitchen— coffee in hand, reading the 'verse of the day' out loud:
"So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, KINDNESS, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offence. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it." // Colossians 3:12-14 MSG
After we pondered this verse [that we have both heard and read many times before], I looked up at her and said, "I think us Christians forget that it's actually biblical to be kind".
Like-minded, we burst out laughing— as we got lost in memories where, maybe we haven't been the most kind or where we have been in situations in which others have hurt us.
'To be kind' is so obvious, that maybe we oversee it as being important. Sometimes. So today, it has been on my heart to get back to the basics, and remind all of us [including myself] to be kind. It's biblical!
If you don't know, Pope Francis is visiting the States right now.
I figured this out yesterday after I was asking one of my patient's at the hospital why the Pope was on every channel on TV, as I was trying to find them something to watch.
I am not Catholic, but I respect him as he is in a place of great influence [a spiritual leader] & speaks the truth. On September 24th he had a lovely 'Call to Action' speech to Congress. The part that stood out to me the most was when he talked about the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." [Matthew 7:12]. He went into depth about this, by discussing many issues the US is facing.
If you are interested in reading the full transcript of the speech Pope Francis gave to Congress click here.