Matthew 7:12 says “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”(NIV) but how far should a person take this and apply what is termed the Golden Rule?
The brutal answer is all the way and as far as possible. In applying the Golden Rule only the very best will do for the person giving, doing or helping someone else, it is after all “what you would have them do for you” and of course we, if we are honest want the best or better than the best. It does therefore suggest that we should not just try to give or do our best or as much as we can, or think we can, but actually do so. The world famous Nike advert that says “Just do it” really should apply to the Golden rule.
When a race is being run or a match in the final stage of a tournament is being played, the athletes apply an aspect of the Golden Rule because in a way it is what they would expect someone else to do for them. If the athlete was watching from the sideliners and cheering they would expect the person on the field to do their best to make the fans happy and so they do. The players on a team all do what they do for the benefit of others in their team, even a lone runner has a supporting team that he or she is doing it for and they know that all those who support them would do the same for them if they were on the field. These athletes and teams go for Gold.
Going for Gold really sets a goal, a target and to win it they have to give the very best they can and then some. Reaching out and winning Gold takes effort, it takes encouragement and it takes perseverance. The athlete or sportsman does not want to let anyone down, he or she knows that anyone else would feel the same and thus they give their all. When applying the Golden Rule to win it is deliberate and stirs up an energy like nothing else, and those that apply this and don’t so much put winning as the Goal but the doing for others as they would have done for them first and thus real victory is always assured.
The Golden Rule is to do more than your best because that is what you would expect from others. That means going for Gold in everything you do. There is no place for aiming for silver, bronze or the wooden spoon, the only prize worth aiming for and trying for is Gold. The Gold may not be the reward but the reward may in fact just be how you are seen by others. That prize of being seen as a winner, a compassionate giver who never complains or someone who gives just a little more than expected is worth so much more.
Good deeds and doing things for others is at the heart of the Golden Rule and we should never grow tired of doing this. Galatians 6:9 says “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” The scripture clearly says that there is a harvest or if you like a Gold Medal at the end when applying the Golden Rule. The reward may not be a physical Gold Medal but maybe something considerably better, it may even be something not expected. For Christians the real reward is life.
Christ himself had his own destiny that can be aligned with going for Gold. He knew he would die on a cross, he knew he would be betrayed, he knew he would rise again and he would do so to save the world. He also knew what he would do, save sinners, was something that only he could do and perhaps if there was someone else he would have expected them to do the same for him.
Christ was God’s only son, he was chosen to do what he had to do and like many of us who strive to give more than our best it sometimes comes at price. Christ paid the ultimate price, death, to get his prize and in his own run for the Gold medal he did for so many what no one else could do and yet inside he did what he did to his best ability. He did so because his nature, even when facing death was shrouded in the Golden Rule. The only other person that could do what he had to do was his father in heaven and Christ did what he did as he would expect his father to do for him.
Controversial? Yes, but in Christ’s mind the Golden Rule was no doubt very present, do unto others as you would have done unto you.
When you are going for Gold, if you want to go for gold in your relationships both personal and in business there is no better way to demonstrate it than by giving precious metals. With the Noble Mint you can quite literally go for Gold, pure Gold through fractional Gold Bullion. Presenting someone with pure Gold is presenting them with something of value. Presented in a business card or book mark that person in your mind has won Gold and you are able to present it to them. In giving this you appreciate the person and that is something that in applying the Golden Rule is what you would expect them to do for you.
Going for Gold is about achieving the best and winning; if you expect others to achieve their best for you and even win for you then you need to make them a winner. Fractional Gold Bullion is the solution and the Noble Mint facilitates the most practical example of this imaginable.
Let those around in your life experience winning Gold, pure Gold and give to them what you would expect to be given to you.
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 https://www.facebook.com/mattwjnewnham