The Golden Rule: The Extra Mile

What is the Golden Rule?  The Golden Rule is a biblically based and very real way of treating others and yourself.  It is based on Matthew 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (KJV). 

Matthew PrayThe Golden Rule is really very simple, it is a biblical and proven law if you really look at it is something that in today’s instant gratification world is something that really seems to have been forgotten. The bible is littered with verses that suggest and indeed recommend doing good for others and being the servant leader and just before the chapter where the Golden Rule appears Matthew 5:41 says something that is a key part of the Golden Rule it reads “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”  The Message Bible expands on it a little more and makes sense of going the extra mile in a very modern world it reads “Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”

Those last two words “Live Generously” really say so much and going that little bit further, doing that little more and just going the extra mile really are things that anyone would expect others to do for them. If that is so then you need to do so yourself.

Going the extra mile, as part of the Golden Rule is all about commitment; it is about really doing more for others than you may get in return and just being a superb role model and even an inspiration to others. Some people will always go the extra mile for in the hope of some gratification or even for an ego boost but when it comes to the Golden Rule going the extra mile is very much a habit that defines a person. When it is a habit and for people who go the extra mile just because, the reward they get is not often what they expect.

Doing something more, being generous with what you have or what you can do is extremely admirable especially when it is done for someone that cannot provide a reward.  For those who go the extra mile in this case there is a greater secret that they know and that secret is very often their faith in Christ Jesus.  Jesus went more than the extra mile not just for one person, not just for his disciples but for the whole of mankind.  He died on a cross so that mankind will have the ultimate reward.

Christ-like thinking and attitudes are the very root of the Golden Rule. Even when you know you may not get it in return, just the very fact that you have done it leaves the door wide open for someone to step in. In the case of Christ that door is a door to salvation.

Go The Extra MileGoing the extra mile, doing something a little bit above what is expected is something that has to a degree become frowned upon with so many expecting or even demanding a reward or recognition. But luckily not everyone is like that and when the extra mile is completed with the right attitude in the right spirit and with the best intention the one on the receiving end knows. There is a degree of humility, Christ himself was very humble, and it is that humility that in the end grants the reward for the giver or the one following the Golden rule.

Throughout history the giving of Gold or other precious metals has been seen as going the extra mile. In choosing the right ring for his wife to be the man will often go the extra mile to ensure it is perfect, he will go out of his way to find out what she wants and then do his best to exceed it. Precious metals and especially Gold are synonymous with going the extra mile or giving something that little bit special and the giving of Gold can be used to go the extra mile without breaking the bank or getting down on one knee.

The Noble Mint specialises in the provision of fractional gold bullion and other precious metals.  A small piece of pure Gold presented in a way that is subtle yet appealing really does make a statement.  Your business card becomes not just a business card but a business card that can increase in value, with a Noble Mint business card you can show just how much your client means to you and give them not just a card but something of real value. With a Gold business card you have stepped up your game and gone the extra mile.  Giving a small piece of Gold Bullion for a wedding gift is a little more than the average guest would give a newly married couple, you have stepped up your friendship and told them what they mean to you and you have gone the extra mile.

Giving generously is what you are doing when you use the Noble Mint and that surely means you expect others to do the same for you. It means you live by the Golden Rule.


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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