The rat race


1 Peter 3 v 8 says Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tender hearted, be courteous;

A short definition of courtesy would be “polite behaviour that shows respect for other people.” Does God have anything to say about courtesy? Remember the “Golden Rule”? Jesus exhorts His disciples in Matthew 7:12:“Treat others as you want them to treat you. This is what the law and the prophets are all about”

If we truly lived by this, we would always treat others with courtesy. Chivalry would not be dead. For those younger folks who may not know, chivalry was an ancient, knightly code emphasizing the virtues of service to others, honour, love, and courtesy.

Why would we be impolite to anyone? Why not move over on the road and let others going faster drive by? Why be rude to sales people and waiters etc? Why not use the simplest of courtesies like “please” and “thank you”?

The apostle Paul gives the answer in Philippians 2:3: “Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves”. Now that is truly a hard thing to do. I can hear it now: “Treat others more important than moi? How can that be? If I were to “move over” and let you by, then I would lose face. I would be admitting defeat. I would be a loser in life’s rat race.”

At work, most people fail to consider that, even if they win the rat race, they are still a rat!

Have a good day



One thought on “The rat race

  1. I think we are all rats to a greater or lesser degree. I think we all set the standard according to our own position in order that we pass the test, but until man is truly treated as equal in terms of status, respect and equality of wealth ,then we will as Christians have an Achilles heel that we endevour to excuse. So yes, as regards truly loving our neighbour as ourselves in EVERY aspect i have to conclude i am a prize rat

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