the golden rule

        Remember the golden rule -- treat other people the way you want them to treat you? I heard it a lot in school when I was growing up, but that was a long time ago, before we outgrew it and traded it in for the me-first rule. That was one sad trade. The me-first rule is such hard work compared with the quiet, old-fashioned rule that says I'm going to give you a break today, whether you deserve it or not, because that's how I'd like you to treat me. I wouldn't want you to carry around a list of all my shortcomings and misdeeds and failures today, so I won't carry yours around. When I pick up my wallet and my cell phone this morning, I'll just leave that dog-eared list on top of my dresser. I bet I'll have an extra skip in my step today. Miracles do that sort of thing.

"Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; remember me instead according to Your lovingkindness. . . ." Ps. 25:7.