We Should All Follow the Golden Rule

We all remember the Golden Rule, right? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt. 7:12).

In April, the Most Rev. Edward J. Burns, bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, launched a year-long campaign – #BeGolden. Bishop Burns was joined by Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and several other civic and faith leaders in our community.

The initiative encourages citizens to practice the Golden Rule. The idea is to show compassion for all, with the initial focus on immigrants, understanding that immigration is a human issue.

People might say, more than ever we need to practice the Golden Rule. I agree, but I see examples of that nearly every single day, and if we recognize those instances and practice it ourselves, we can each make a difference in shifting negative attitudes.

In this issue there are a few examples of people in our community living the Golden Rule, and we’re pleased to share them with you.

Equest practices it every day offering healing equestrian activities for mentally and physically challenged adults and children, including military families transitioning into new roles.

In our Faith section find the story of how out of a desire to provide her daughter a lesson in service to others, Amy McKleroy started dance classes for girls at Jack Lowe Sr. Elementary School, where students wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to take dance. Church members from Park Cities Baptist and Highland Park Presbyterian joined in Serve Dallas Day, participating in various volunteer activities such as cleaning out an abandon home to be repurposed for church offices for Cornerstone Baptist Church and planting native trees and collecting trash along the Trinity River.

You don’t have to wait for a volunteer opportunity to practice the Golden Rule. Just start with something simple like letting another car merge in traffic, holding an elevator door, opening a door for someone, or just offering a smile. Try it, and it will come back to you in no time at all.

For more information on the bishop’s campaign go to begoldenjourney.com. Share on social media your ideas or examples of others being golden with #BeGolden.