It ends with those you don’t know personally.
Treat your waitress the way you would want to be treated. Would YOU like a 30% tip if you did a great job?
Treat the driver in the next car over the way you want to be treated. Use ALL of your fingers when you wave at them.
Treat your elected officials the way you want to be treated. Pray much more than you complain.
Treat everyone on social media the way you want to be treated. My friend, Matt, has the practice of reading his social media posts and sensitive emails aloud through clenched teeth to see if they should really be sent.
Our world has become a place where civility and graciousness have lost their glimmer. Polarization in our culture is quickly making its way into our churches.
And we as church leaders react just like everyone else.
Be the example this week to your family, your church, your community, and your world.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Even if the favor isn’t returned, it’s the right thing to do. It’s the right way to serve. It’s the right way to live.
This simple act could save your family, your church, and make a tremendous impact on your community and your world.
Go do it.
This article about the golden rule for pastors originally appeared here, and is used by permission.