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Nearer than you Think

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“Do to others as you would have them do to you…Be merciful, just as God is merciful.”
–Luke 6:31, 36

Often known as “The Golden Rule,” “Do to others as you would have them do to you,” is a good verse to be mindful of as we live in community and relationship with each other.

Author Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “The best things in life are nearest.” He was speaking in the context of things such as the air we breathe and other basic necessities of living. But this statement can also be true when it comes to family members and friends who truly care and love us unconditionally, a faith community that provides us with support and direction, and daily opportunities to “do to others” as we would have them do to us.

The story is told of a woman who was leaving a store when she heard a man tell the cashier in a panicked voice that he had forgotten his wallet after the cashier had already rang us his few purchases. The embarrassed man was about to walk away empty-handed. Walking back into the store, the woman told the cashier that she would pay for the man’s items. The man was totally surprised and asked the woman why she was helping him in this way. The woman said that she was only doing what he might have done if the situation were reversed.

A chance to help another person was near, and that woman was blessed for helping. It is true, often the best things are nearer than we think…we only need to look for them and find the blessing in them.

As we enter into the second week of this New Year, may we be aware of the nearness of opportunities to be blessed and to be a blessing.