Ever hear of Golden Rule Jones?
Me either. I just discovered him this morning and I love this guy! He lived between 1846 and 1904. He developed an oil pump which made him rich by age 40. Remember, this is at a time when all the Titans were were burgeoning all over the world. I was bloodsport! It was very competitive! It was ugly!
But Jones was not like this. He lived by the golden rule. In fact, his version went like this:
“What I want for myself, I want for everyone.”
And so he gave to people. His workers got
- 8 hour work days
- paid vacations
- child care assistance
- subsidized meals
- better than average wages and
- profit sharing in the company
Unheard of things at the time.
Later, he was elected mayor of Toledo where he opened
- free kindergartens
- developed a park system
- established playgrounds for children
- establish free public baths and
- instituted 8 hour work days for city workers
These things were unheard of at the time.
And what I love best about this guy is that he ran as a Republican and won the first term. The second term, the Republican Party rejected him so he ran as independent under the slogan:
“Principle before Party” And he won!
Jones taught Toledo there’s no shortage to God’s abundance. There’s no scarcity in this world that’s not created by a greedy, competitive heart.
When we give, we receive, which is probably why Jesus said, “It's better to give than receive,” or in another place, Jesus put it like this:
“Give and it will be given to you they'll pour it into your lap in a good measure, pressed down shaken together, and running over!” (Luke 6:38)
So today, take a page from Golden Rule Jones. Share the abundance! Look around and see who you can bless. Wcan you give something to? And here's the amazing thing: the more you give the more you'll get back.
Here’s to you, Golden Rule Jones!