Should the Golden Rule apply to your work life?

The Golden Rule is in fact a biblical rule. It is written in Matthew 7:12 “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (NKJV)  The Message Bible describes it as follows: “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behaviour: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”

Golden WorkThe Golden rule is termed a rule of thumb. A rule of thumb is defined in Wikipedia as “a principle with broad application that is not intended to be strictly accurate or reliable for every situation. It is an easily learned and easily applied procedure for approximately calculating or recalling some value, or for making some determination.”   Being a rule of thumb therefore means it may not be accurate and it may also not be reliable. If this is so then why on earth do we want to follow it?

The truth goes a great deal further than a rule of thumb or a guideline. In biblical times rules for living, proverbs for example were adhered to and because they came from wise men and believed to have come from God Himself people followed them. Likewise the Golden Rule as in Matthew 7:12 came from Jesus or directly from God so it would have been and must be taken seriously. In fact, when God says something there is no “guideline” it is always very much truth and an instruction.

The Golden Rule is a rule that whilst for some is a guideline is for Christians and believers very much a command.  It is very much about living and leading, doing the right thing and being seen, if only by God, for it.  The Golden rule is a statement, a statement of fact about what you want in your life.  It is paying it forward if you like, giving before receiving, sowing to reap a harvest. 

If you want to receive something you generally have to ask, but to receive is an expectation, with the Golden rule you must not expect but believe you will. It sounds a little crazy but it is not.  To really receive, not as a knee jerk reaction but as a planned and thoughtful reaction, you need to pay it forward and believe you will receive something in return.  Believe not hope and not expect but believe, it is a very deliberate act and does not become despondent when you do not receive because the reward may be delayed or not what you would normally expect. This is where the Golden rule stretches most people, they give and therefore they expect but that is not giving from the heart, it is not giving biblically. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 provides a forward to The Golden Rule “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully[a] will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

So should I apply the Golden Rule in the workplace?

The answer is a most certain yes and apply it without conditions and apply it deliberately. Too many of us apply the Golden Rule and do something for others and expect, almost demand they give something or do something back. Wrong!  If you expect, invariably you will not get or what you get will be far less than what God really has planned. It is all about giving from the heart without expectation because that too is what you would expect of others isn’t it?  If someone gives to you and you know they expect something in return how do you feel?

If you want to apply the Golden Rule in the workplace then you need to do things without that expectation, go the extra mile not anticipating or hoping for recognition or reward but do it because it is who you are and it is what you would expect anyone to do for you. You can do this with pure gold or precious metals.

Yes, you are hearing me right. You can apply the Golden Rule quite literally but without expectation using precious metals, fine gold and pure gold. No, it doesn’t mean just to make someone happy you need to go buy a 24 carat gold ring or bracelet to just boost an ego or prove you can. No, that is far too showy and pretty much screams “what does this guy want from me?”  No, subtly with fractional ownership, under the very nose of those you work with you can pay forward and give as you would want others to do you through some of the products from the Noble Mint.

As the name suggests the Noble Mint can deliver just what the Golden Rule suggests and let you make a noble offer or provide a noble gift to someone that is superbly subtle and yet distinctly classy and clever.

Offering a small piece of Pure Gold in a business card is perhaps the most subtle way of demonstrating Matthew 7:12 and 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 that you can come across. It is very intentional but very subtle. It provides someone with something of value, not just your business card but a business card with the tiniest of valuable gifts that shows you appreciate them.  The card, when you explain its secret value, other than the value of the relationship you are now creating, will never be thrown away and will have a material or real value. The person receiving the card will know that you have done a little something extra and your card will remain at the top of the heap.

Mixing pure Gold with the Golden Rule in the workplace can be done. Always apply it in all you do and with every circumstance, what you want done to you is a great feeling and paying it forward will always at least make you feel good even if you don’t get a reward.  That feeling of good, the morally right feeling inside is what sets you apart from anyone else. Like the pure gold in your business card that keeps you top of mind so your gestures and behaviour will do with you in the workplace.


Matt Newnham is a Christian, Writer and Speaker. He is a single father and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Matt is passionate about life and success and his ability to touch the heart of readers has earned him the title “The Master of Emotional Appeal” Follow Matt on Twitter @MattNewnhamZA and on his Facebook Page

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