It’s pretty easy to go through life focused on what others should be doing for us and forget at the very same time about what we should do for others. But no-one gives us a job description or a rule book, as such. So we can reduce life down to a set of bare minimum legal or moral responsibilities, what we have to do for work, and so on.
But if we could write our own job description about how we should live toward others, and we were to base it upon how we would like to be treated, then we would have a great society, one which is a little more concerned with others than self, with giving than receiving, with serving, rather than being served. And we would also be less focused on what others do with the amount of time we think they should have (but might not have) and with holding high expectations of them whilst wanting to define the expectations others ought to have of us.
Living with this other-centred focus can be guided by the so-called Golden Rule which Jesus summarised as: “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31).
How can you apply this rule in your life today?