«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, NM).
In my town, they sell frosted chocolate cakes with mini M&Ms. I once got that dessert to celebrate one of my students birthday. With balloons, laughter, and activities, our class took place as usual, and once it was over everyone left. I stayed behind, silently cleaning and tidying everything up, and when I started to put away what was left of the cake, I found a piece without M&Ms. The fact that there were no M&Ms on that piece was glaringly obvious.
I don’t know who ate them or if there was any intention of malice behind the small theft, but I do know that the attitude originated from the place where all evil originates: our innate human selfishness.
How many times do we take away from others when no one is watching, without anyone noticing it? We take something because it benefits us, and having those «mini-M&Ms» is more important to us than the emptiness left in someone else’s «piece.
Nowadays, we deal with theft and much greater abuses than that, but let’s remember that selfishness is not the solution to unmet needs or appetites; whether big or small, our actions can cause an unnecessary emptiness in something or someone.
In the end, the way we handle ourselves does make a difference, at least to those around us.
It’s not too late to restore some things, or to fill the voids we have created, whether without bad intentions or because we thought no one would notice. We can start to repair our wrongs through small but meaningful gestures.
What «candies» do you think are within your reach today to «embellish» an empty space?
In Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, Ellen White shares some thoughts on this subject:
«In your association with others, put yourself in their place. Enter into their feelings, their difficulties, their disappointments, their joys, and their sorrows. Identify yourself with them, and then do to them as, were you to exchange places with them, you would wish them to deal with you. This is the true rule of honesty. . . And it is the substance of the teaching of the prophets. It is a principle of heaven….
When those who profess the name of Christ shall practice the principles of the golden rule, the same power will attend the gospel as in apostolic times» (ch. 6, pp. 134, 137).