Friday, February 1, 2013

Do Unto Others

I want to foster an atmosphere of empathy and generosity in my home.  This is largely accomplished by learning some selflessness and doing good for other people.

Luke 6:31-36 says:

"Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." (NIV)

I want to learn to be merciful to other people and I want to teach my children to do the same.  So, this month I am going to do a little mini series on it.  "Do Unto Others" starts today.


To kick things off, I want you to check out Trina.  You might remember her from this post on Simplicity.  She is a great example of how you can help others without taking huge chunks from your finances to do so.  She has written an e-book based on her blog series 31 Days of Letting Your Lil Lights Shine.  She has it for sale for only $4.99, and all of the proceeds go to Tiny Hands International.  What a simple way to help someone else using the resources you have (in her case, writing).

Hop over here for more information on Trina's book and to get your own copy.

How do you "Do Unto Others" in your life?  Let me know!  I'd love to learn from you! 

1 comment:

  1. For me it goes beyond doing good and being generous, but evolving our sense of identity and expanding the definition of who we consider as Other. Who is considered our neighbor, our brother? Is it simply those within our social, religious, or cultural tribes? I believe the key part in empathy towards the Other is truly attempting to understand the Other. It is in those rare moments when we lower our tribal walls and let each other in so that we may know one another is when I see the Divine. When I see Christians and Muslims breaking bread together or people from different walks of life defending a cause they personally have no stake in (i.e. heterosexuals for LGBT rights) is when I see those precious moments of the Divine.