Before I do anything I ask myself these four questions:
- Is it a sin? Does it go against the Biblical principles which guide my actions
- Is it immoral? is it unethical, dishonest, immoral, indecent, wrong
- Is it illegal? Does it go against the laws of the land
- Is it to the detriment of others? Will it ruin another, must I step on others to achieve this goal?
If my response to all these is “no” then I continue on such a route. However, if the answer for one is ‘yes” I make a U-turn.
You see all these questions cut to the core of love and respect for God and others.
People aren’t staircases- stepping on them won’t lead to happiness.
We all know the golden rule “do to others what you wish them to do to you.”
This means that even if someone has used you, your response should not be in like manner.
Stealing someone’s joy will not grant you peace. The opposite however is true.
So help others, whether they can return the favour or not, be kind and thoughtful in words and deeds.
This friends will grant you unimaginable serenity.
I do remember reading an article in which scientists say endorphins- ‘happy hormones’ are released whenever we do a good deed.
But science or not, helping someone to live a fuller life even for just a minute is like medicine to an aching body. Not just theirs but yours also.
In Jamaica we say, “duh gud an’ gud will falla yuh,” (do good and good will follow you).
But don’t take my word for it, go ahead and try. You have nothing to lose.