In The King James Bible Matthew 7:12 says “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.” (KJV). The verse suggests that you should do to others as you would like them to do you and the Message bible takes the verse a great deal more literally “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.”
Initiative is the key word in this translation and it also suggests something that modern day thinkers and leaders, biblically based or not hammer home frequently. “Take the initiative” is a phrase that every young apprentice has been told over the centuries, it becomes a choice and those that follow it or not both have differing outcomes. Initiative requires taking a step, doing something deliberately and doing something to achieve something. Whilst taking initiative means doing something in the hope of achieving something it does not mean receiving, it may mean merely finding out something. That something, that “reward” is the result of taking initiative and it is something that really sums up the Golden Rule.
It is always nice to have something different as a gift. People are like sheep and they pretty much always follow each other or take the route of least resistance, but taking the initiative can change this. Taking the initiative means doing things differently and taking the time to perhaps understand someone that bit better. This is surely what everyone would like done for them and so it should be done by them if they want to receive it.
Often taking the initiative means taking a risk or taking a chance and can mean a return. Consider the parable of talents (Matthew 25:14-30) where a rich man who was about to embark on a journey proportionately gave his servants some money, each according to his ability. Two put the money to work, they knew this is what their master would do so they followed suit. The third just dug a hole and buried the coin he was given.
Upon returning from his journey the two who had put their talents to work showed their master the return on their investment and he was pleased. The third just showed the coin and gave a feeble excuse as to why he had done nothing. His master was not the least bit impressed and his one coin was given to the first servant who had done exceptionally well, he had shown no initiative.
You see, taking the initiative can be risky and may require doing a few things you don’t like or enjoy doing. The Golden Rule doesn’t say anything about doing anything easy, it merely says do to others and you would have them do to you. For some doing this is easier than others and often just the fact that someone has attempted to do something and take the initiative is all that it needed for them to stand out it a crowd.
Today taking the initiative is still something that sets a person out from the crowd and is often something that brings about reward. When initiative is applied and the Golden Rule followed a return, whilst not expected, generally always comes somewhere, somewhen or somehow. Being different, taking the initiative to show you care about someone, respect them or just say you appreciate them is often all it takes to get a reward, even if that reward is a smile. You want people to feel the same way about you, if you follow the Golden Rule.
Giving something of value, often subtle value but a very real value to stand out requires initiative, especially when you don’t want it look like your ego showing off or that you are begging for attention by saying ‘hey look what I can do”. And it can be done; it can be done with relative ease and involves precious metals such as pure Gold. Yes, pure Gold!
Giving Gold to anyone sounds crazy and would often be a bold move but there is such a thing as Fractional Gold Bullion that makes gold and other precious metals an affordable option for anyone to purchase. If you could give someone something made form pure Gold that would surely show initiative. Gold represents value, security and suggests you care about the person you are giving it to. Giving pure gold to anyone is intentional and it really shows initiative.
A small amount of Gold, pure Gold placed in a business card or book mark or given as a coin really stands out and makes a unique statement. If someone was to give you something, and remember the Golden Rule, you would like it to have some meaning and have had some thought put into it, wouldn’t you? As the servants did with the talents giving fractional Gold bullion means you have invested some money and put it to work. Again like the biblical servants the one who receives it will be most pleased and that again is what you would expect from others.
The Noble Mint is a purveyor of fractional Gold Bullion. They have taken the initiative to provide a number of products that allow you to show your own initiative and, as in the Golden Rule, allow you to provide something of value that you of course would expect someone else, anyone else to do for you.
If you want to take the initiative and stand out from the crowd, whether it is for business or a special gift for a friend, then consider The Noble Mint and Fractional Gold Bullion. One little bit of initiative and a small investment will surely one day return the act of giving and kindness that you have undertaken.
Matt Newnham is a Christian, Writer and Speaker. He is a single father and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Matt is passionate about life and success and his ability to touch the heart of readers has earned him the title “The Master of Emotional Appeal” Follow Matt on Twitter @MattNewnhamZA and on his Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/mattwjnewnham