The Mom List
The Golden Rule is golden for a reason. Don't dish out what you don't like yourself. If you can't take the heat, get outta the kitchen. Treat others the way you want to be treated. You can catch more flys with honey. (Yuck - who wants to catch flys anyhow?). Being polite is not an option. The best (of the best) Mom rules to live by. Some are strangely worded, but we understand the gist of the concepts. Mom's (and Dad's) all over the world teach these ideas and concepts, and attempt to modify our behaviors appropriately. Why do Mom's have to teach us to be kind? Because we aren't born that way. Yep, sadly, we have to be taught how to treat one another with compassion. Some of us catch on quickly. Some of us have trouble and it takes us a little (or a lot) longer. The Lord teaches us that compassion for one another is Good. If you really consider and think about it, most (if not all) of the Mom list material comes right out of the Bible. As adults we can sometimes forget the Mom list and slip into bad habits. Criticism, condemnation and a general lack of compassion are flaws that we all see (even in ourselves) from time to time. Jesus, Himself, gives us this very insight list to utilize. As we strive to become more like Him, we should all try to work these examples of compassion for our fellowman into the way we live our lives.
Don't pick on people. Don't criticize others. Don't point out failures. Don't point out faults. Don't condemn someone's mistakes. Unless, of course, you want the same treatment. The boomerang effect. (That sounds like a good Mom Rule standard to add to the repartee.)
Be kind. Be generous. Be compassionate. Give yourself away (yes, I'm singing the song in my head right now too) and you'll get it back with bonus blessings. Giving, not getting, is the way to live. (Another addition to the list). Generosity begets generosity. So...
Be generous with your words. Be generous with your energy. Be generous with your attitude. Be generous with compliments. Be generous with your time. Be generous with your blessings.
Be generous with your smile. Be generous with your joy. Be Generous. In all that we do, be generous. Luke 6: 37-38 MSG “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.”