“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:7-12
One of the things I have always enjoyed about baseball is that it’s a team sport. I may be able to get to first base on my own but I cannot get beyond first without help from my team mates! The same is true of the Home Run Life. It is meant to be shared and experienced and enjoyed in fellowship with other believers. That is essentially what the church is.
In the Home Run Life, second base is the community base where you learn to win with others. Winning at second is the result of winning with God at home plate and winning with character at first base.
In this passage from Matthew 7, Jesus shares the secret for winning at second base, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you”. We know this as “The Golden Rule”.
How can you possibly lose if you apply the Golden Rule in all of your relationships? You can never fail with others if you respond toward them as you would want them to do toward you.
Do you want appreciation? Appreciate others.
Do you want gratitude? Be grateful to others.
Do you want kindness? Be kind to others.
Do you want forgiveness? Be forgiving to others.
Do you want others to be patient toward you? Be patient with others.
Do you want encouragement? Be encouraging toward others.
See how it works?
Good, because it really works!
If you have won at home plate and at first base you will be able to live by the Golden Rule.
Once you get it working for you, teach it to your children!