Do any of you remember this old children’s song, written back in 1907 by Will Cobb and Gus Edwards? It actually has several verses that I never knew about. However, the chorus above is what is most well-known and remembered about the song.
One morning during our family vacation at the beach this summer, as I was praying about the upcoming school year, I ask God to show me what my simple focus could be throughout the year. I was hoping for some kind of inspiration or thought that could direct my prayers and my attention as I do my job and engage with the community of families on our campus. In God’s kindness, his answer was quick and clear and came in the form of a question. “Who can you love well today?”
From the website, www.gotquestions.org/GoldenRule, the writer says:
“Obeying the Christian imperative to love others is a mark of a true Christian (John 13:35). In fact, Christians cannot claim to love God if they don’t actively love other people as well. “If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). The Golden Rule encapsulates this idea and is unique to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures.
As I thought about what it looks like to love others well, I was reminded of that little chorus above and its’ mention of “The Golden Rule”. The chorus refers to the rule as something “dear” in relation to school days, as if these two things go hand in hand. So my question is . . . do they?
When I think about my day to day routines on the LCS campus, do I include in those routines a consideration of ‘doing unto others as I would have them do unto me?’ – the message of Matthew 7:12 that we refer to as The Golden Rule? In other words, how am I doing at loving others well each school day? And what does loving others well look like?
Loving others is going to look different for each of us and it certainly will not be done perfectly. But the good news is that we have the perfect example in Jesus Christ, who always loves us well. And, in Christ, we have been given his Spirit to equip us to love others the way Jesus loves. Every day we have opportunities to “encourage the faint-hearted” as 1 Thessalonians 5 calls us to do and every day there will be people who cross our paths as we go about our routines who need kindness, compassion, encouragement, truth and grace.
I am excited about the opportunity and privilege of being on a school campus where God’s truth is honored and there is a call from his Word to love others well. Will you join me and ask yourself the question “Who can I love well today?”