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Friday, November 15, 2019

Old truck and wagon along Strasburg Pike 11/14/19 (Click to enlarge)
Yesterday morning we passed this old truck and wagon along Strasburg Pike in Lancaster County. It's for rent if you're interested!
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"Living The Golden Rule"

Message summary: Today, in your speech and in your actions, keep this attitude foremost in your heart: "In humility consider others better than yourselves." 

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"Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31). "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves" (Philippians 2:3).

Feet on back of plane seat
Yesterday we saw a story in reference to the photo on the right. The unidentified woman took this photo on a recent flight that showed a pair of dirty feet on her headrest, dangling just inches above her. Now that's gross and a stunning example of how not to practice the Golden Rule!

The Golden Rule is one of the most familiar sayings from our Lord. I suppose I first learned it at VBS or Sunday School as a child in the church my family attended in Belton, Missouri. Brooksyne remembers it being posted at her public elementary school in Tulsa Oklahoma.

Consideration is the practice of the golden rule in the big and small details of life; beginning in the home and extending to all relationships, including public places such as the grocery store, school, the workplace and even public transportation.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. East Berlin was Communist controlled and West Berlin was a free country. A wall, built by the East German government separated the city to prevent the people from the East escaping to freedom in the west.

I heard a story about an event that took place in Germany during the Cold War before the wall came down.
One day some people in East Berlin took a truckload of garbage and dumped it on the West Berlin side. The people of West Berlin could have done the same thing. But instead they took a truckload of canned goods, bread, and milk and other goods and neatly stacked it on the East Berlin side. On top of this stack they placed the sign: "EACH GIVES WHAT HE HAS." What a subtle yet powerful message and a great example of the Golden Rule.

Included in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount it easily stands out as a simple principle for thinking not only of oneself but also treating others fairly. I learned it as, "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (KJV). The NASV reads, "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you." A similar expression of the golden rule is found in Philippians 2:4, "Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others".

But many live with an attitude of "Treat others the same way they have treated you". Today let us consider the Golden Rule in relation to the way we treat one another in small ways.

What if the billions of personal interactions that take place all over the world today were truly characterized by this golden rule? Well, that would certainly bring about world peace but in reality that just isn't going to happen until the return of the Prince of Peace.

But by God's transforming grace you and I can do something in our little corner of the world. Today, in your speech and in your actions, keep this attitude foremost in your heart: "In humility consider others better than yourselves." When you do so, the Golden Rule will play itself out in your actions without your even giving conscious thought to it.

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer:  Father, You have placed Your children in a world where people push and shove to be first. Because of their self-importance they clamor for recognition and will stop at nothing until they get what they want in life, good or bad. But You've called us to view life from a perspective that considers others as important as ourselves. We are to have a humble attitude that puts You first, others second and ourselves last in everything we do. In our humanity this is impossible, but as we are being transformed into the likeness of Your Son, Jesus, we become more like Him. Our love and consideration for others grow and we apply the golden rule to our lives where we do to others as we would have them do to us. May this relationship rule guide us as we make decisions that affect others and us. Help us to have the mind of Christ in all that we do. Amen.

View from Felton Covered Bridge 10/20/18 (Click to enlarge)
Fall foliage from Felton Covered Bridge near Santa Cruz, CA
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Our travels take us through some beautiful and interesting areas which we often share in our photos. We drive through covered bridges which are usually one lane, although years ago we went through one in Indiana that was two lanes entering into a large state park. Once I approached a covered bridge here in Lancaster County and just as I was preparing to enter another car approached from the opposite side. With no means to communicate, we both backed up to yield and waited for the other to proceed. Finally I passed through as it was evident that the other driver was insisting on being the more considerate one! I rolled down my window as I passed, waved and mouthed "Thank You" as he smiled and responded, "You're welcome". It occurred to me that this is a small microcosm of what our attitudes should be toward one another.

Corn shocks in Lancaster County, PA 11/14/19 (Click to enlarge)
I saw these corn shocks are in a farm field behind Val-Co north of New Holland, PA
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Yesterday I visited with Mario, a Costa Rican immigrant who works at Val-Co, and is very vocal about his faith in Christ.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

Never Lose The Golden Rule
Fanny Crosby

1. Never lose the golden rule,
Keep it still in view;
Do to others as you would
They should do to you.
Kindly, gently,
In their burden bear a part,
Meekly chiding
With a loving heart.

Never lose the golden rule,
Keep it still in view;
Do to others as you would
They should do to you.

2. Help the feeble ones along,
Cheer the faint and weak;
To the sorrow-laden heart
Words of comfort speak.
Freely, freely,
From the bounty of your store,
Cheerful givers,
Help the humbler poor. [Refrain]

3. Love the Lord, the first command,
With thy soul and mind;
Love thy neighbor as thyself,
Both in one combined.
Justly, justly,
With each other strive to live,
Ever ready,
Willing to forgive. [Refrain]

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