Monday, February 3, 2014

What Peyton Manning and the Golden Rule have in common...

What I saw when I opened my bedroom curtains this morning, I'm kind
of tired of the snow, but I thought this was pretty.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,
for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12

The Golden Rule...that is what it is called and what my Mother used to tell me ALL. THE. TIME.

I don't think I appreciated it then, but I do now.

How we treat other people is a very telling quality about our character.  In a conversation with a person where I work (someone holding a position of power) this person said, "When we are interviewing a new faculty member, I like to see how they treat the servers when we go to dinner.  Because that is a reflection of how they will treat others."

There are many people in this world that don't treat people like they deserve to be treated.  Some people may believe others are "less than" while some may be having a bad day and just don't realize how they are treating others.

Whatever our reason, all people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, no matter their age, race, sexual orientation or their station in life.

While I am not a big football fan, I am a BIG Peyton Manning fan and I am disappointed that he and his team lost last night.  I think it could be said that Peyton wasn't having a good day, yet he continued treating people with dignity.  And here is a story of Peyton that reflects this aspect of his character.  This is one of the reasons I am a Peyton fan.

Due to the weather, I am sure there are many fans stuck in the New York and New Jersey airports today.  I hope they treat people kindly and are treated kindly.  I know what it is like to be stuck in an airport.  Everyone's nerves can get rattled.

Jesus followed the Golden Rule...he mingled with tax collectors, adulterers and many other sinners...just like me.

I hope that I treat people like they deserve to be treated, but I fear that my human side sometimes falls short.

Lord, help me remember that people are people...
and everyone wants to be loved, cared for
and treated with dignity and respect.
Help me to live a life that reflects you and your ways.
In the big scheme of things, I know that the Superbowl doesn't matter. 
It is just a football game.
But it is nice to know that there are good people in the game.
Another football player that I like is Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints.
If you haven't read Drew's book,
Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity,
I highly recommend it. 
I am waiting for Peyton to write a book or for someone to write one about him.

Linking with Michelle, Laura and Angie.

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  1. I am a big Peyton Manning fan too, so I was also disappointed last night for him. But I'm proud of him for not feeling "embarrassed" by his performance. Thanks for sharing that link.

    I haven't read Drew Brees book; I'll have to add it to my list.

    And more importantly, I'll try to remember today to treat everybody with respect too. You're inspiring, Mary!

  2. What a classy guy. I am not familiar with football but he is a winsome example of a leader. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit and he certainly displayed that here.

  3. I didn't watch the game last night, but I love that you thought of others stuck in the airport today. You are one of the kindest people I know Mary. My life is richer for knowing you!

  4. I agree with you about Peyton Manning, Mary. He seems like a young man with great character. I watched a special about his life not too long ago and left it with great respect for his father and the way he was raised.

    I always need a good reminder like this to be aware of how I'm treating others. Sometimes I can get so wrapped up in myself. Thanks for that, and stay warm!

  5. I always enjoy hearing about famous ones who are also kind and thoughtful. (But I was rooting for Seattle. :) . )