The young man who damaged my wife’s car

golden rule imageA young man damaged my wife’s car some years ago.

My wife was not around to see it happen, but a note was attached to her car’s windscreen wipers.

The note expressed regret and gave the name, address, and telephone number of the person who accidentally caused the damage.

My wife rang up and was disappointed to discover that the young man was uninsured.

But although he didn’t have much money, he insisted on paying the hundreds of dollars needed for the repairs to the car.

When asked why, he said he wanted to pay because he believed in obeying the Golden Rule, which is: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matthew 7.12).

We hear so much about the selfishness of some young people that I felt I’d like to share this piece of information about a young man in Hamilton who knew the meaning of integrity.

I felt sure that the young man could look forward to a rewarding and prosperous life. That’s because integrity brings self-confidence and a feeling of personal worth.

During his life people will learn of his honesty. Word will inevitably get around. And because honest people can be trusted, other people will want to deal with him.

Someone once described the Golden Rule as: “An insurance policy that guarantees abundance”. And I believe it is true.

The Golden Rule urges us to treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated.

It says: “Help others to grow, as you would like to be helped yourselves. If you want security, give security. If you want life, then give life. If you want opportunities, then try to provide opportunities.”

Jesus said the yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which life will use for us.

Pope Francis brought up the Golden Rule in the context of discussing immigrants and refugees when he spoke to leaders in the United States recently.

If we live by the Golden Rule as Pope Francis understands it, that requires saying: “Your problem is my problem.”  It means to support other people as though they are part of your family.