We all know the Golden Rule: â€œDo to others as you would have them do to you.â€
But do you know the Golden Result? Itâ€™s a direct corollary to the Golden Rule:
â€œOther people will usually treat you the way you treat them.â€
Not always, but usually. Because thatâ€™s how God made us.
Here is a short movie clip that illustrates this principle beautifully, while also providing a mysterious subplot and a totally unexpected ending (if the video screen does not appear below,Â click here).
This is relational wisdom 101. Blame others and they will usually blame you. Admit where youâ€™ve been wrong, and youâ€™ll be surprised how often others do the same.
Or to put it in RW terms â€¦ take a moment to practice self-awareness by asking yourself, â€œHow do I want to be treated?â€ Then engage others by treating them exactly the same way.
This wisdom is sometimes found in a fortune cookie, but it can be traced to a far more dependable source:
â€œ[Jesus] opened his mouth and taught them, saying â€¦ ‘Whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets’â€ (Matt. 5:2, Matt. 7:12).
– Ken Sande
- When is the last time you personally saw the Golden Result in action? Did it produceÂ a negative or positive result?
- Is there a situation in your life right now where this principle might improve a relationship? What have you got to lose?
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Â© 2017 Ken Sande
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