Saturday, July 2, 2011

Consideration

The definition of the word "considerate" according to Merriam-Webster is the following: Thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others". Wow, that's a lot of meaning in just a few little words! When I was a child, I was na├»ve enough to think that people genuinely cared about others and that everyone meant well with their actions. I am saddened to now see that I was so incredibly wrong.  Children do tend to believe that adults try to do the right thing which includes the fundamental principle of the consideration of other people. Taking a closer look at the word, here is my idea of what it means to be considerate. First and foremost, always put yourself in someone else's shoes. As literally as possible.  Try to imagine yourself in the same situation and think about how you may feel or react. This simple yet powerful concept will help you identify and sympathize with other people in almost every encounter you will have in your lifetime. If you are unsure what to say or do for someone, resort back to what you would like to receive yourself. This serves as a great guide in case you can't remember the Golden Rule. If you are interested in studying further, the Golden Rule is summed up in the Bible, Leviticus, chapter 19. Along with several of the commandments reiterated, God speaks through the writing of Moses to tell us to do to others as we want done to us. It seems simple yet remains one of the most difficult things for a human to do. That is of course, unless you are a Christian.  

There are many good people in this world who do care about the rights and feelings of others. Some of those people are Christians and some are not. You do not have to know Jesus to know what is right and wrong but it does help serve as a reliable compass to have the Holy Spirit guiding you. Its also very convenient to have an all knowing savior and a never failing book to reference when you have questions about how to treat others. Although there are lots of considerate people in the world, those numbers continue to decrease. Despite that, I find that I am still shocked when someone lets me down. That shock is magnified when it occurs with family or from someone I considered to be a close friend. Fortunately, we have Jesus on our side whom we can always trust and who will not disappoint us. He has already shown His consideration for His children in what He has done for us. Let us not forget to let Him be our example and to remember that His will is that we try to follow that example in everything that we do. Let us learn to be considerate of each other, knowing that the most important being in the universe is considerate with each of us.

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