By Stacey Mattish
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets,” Matthew 7:12.
This verse has oft been quoted down through the ages, sometimes being simplified to, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” We’ve even given it a nice, catchy little title – “The Golden Rule.” Christ taught the same principle in Matthew 22:40 when a lawyer tested Christ and asked Him what the greatest commandment was. Christ answered that the first commandment was to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and the second was like unto it, to love your neighbor as yourself.
If we were to take the Golden Rule or the second greatest commandment and boil them down, their essence would simply be serving others: lifting up your eyes, observing what needs to be done around you, and doing it with the attitude you would like it done to you.
This year, our school is going to have a theme: a servant’s heart. By teaching the students the golden rule and applying it to every facet of life, both in the classroom and outside of it, our prayer is that the students will learn this important, godly attribute. Many of the activities of the year are going to be centered around the theme of a servant’s heart. Ideas for community service projects are being discussed as we try to choose ones that will best teach the idea of serving others as Christ served us.
A servant’s heart is going to be incorporated in the classroom too, teaching the students how to treat on another and how to deal with problems that arise. If they will always go back to the principle of, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you,” many problems can be avoided, and hurt feelings could be eliminated altogether.
Parents, would you like to join us as we spend a year learning about what it means to be a servant for Christ and helping the students practice servanthood with a cheerful spirit in the home? Remember, students often learn best by seeing proper behavior modeled for them, so we all need to set the right example, not just for their sakes, but because it is right.