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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Taking the first step

The Golden Rule is so often repeated it seems to blend into the background. The NRSV translation of the gospel of Luke says it this way: "Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31)

Today I happened upon Eugene Peterson's contemporary translation of the same passage, from "The Message:" Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative and do it for them!"

I am seeing the Golden Rule differently now. As people of faith, hope and love, surely we have the energy and spirit to be the ones beginning to behave as we would want others to behave, rather than sitting back to wait until someone else takes the first step.