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Stepping Stones: The 60/60 Rule

Stepping Stones: The 60/60 Rule
February 11, 2010 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip

Yes, that big snow storm did hit…again. In the midst of shoveling snow, I learned a great lesson about relationships.

I’m new to this neighborhood, and had the opportunity to meet my next door neighbor as we were both shoveling snow. He was a bit ahead of me…I was still on my driveway while he was shoveling the public sidewalk that ran in front of all the houses. As he shoveled his way on the sideway coming toward me, I noticed that he went well beyond his property line; he shoveled about 20 feet of my sidewalk. I thanked him, and then he told me about the 60/60 rule.

He said he learned some time ago that if you operate under the 50/50 rule (meaning you do your part and I’ll do mine) many things fall between the cracks. That when people shoot for the 50% mark…sometimes they fall short unintentionally…or are intentionally a little stingy or tight. He said; “When we do 60%, we are ensuring an overlap and that nothing falls through the crack.”

How thankful we should be that God doesn’t just do 50 or 60%. He gave it all for our salvation, then continues forgiving…over and over…extending more and accepting less than our 50%.

I never really see the Bible say, “well, just meet them half way.”

Today, think about the difference it would make in your life if you and those around you followed the 60/60 rule. Go ahead and give 60% today and see what happens. Think about doing 60% instead of your half of the work…paying 60% of the dinner check…accepting 60% of the blame for that failed relationship. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your perspective about the 60/60 rule.

Dear Father God, I admit, Father, that I am guilty of not always doing my fair share, taking my fair share of the blame…of letting things “fall through the cracks.” I pray, Lord, that you will fill me with Your Spirit so that I have the strength and mindset to always do more than my fair share. I pray this in the name of the one who gave His all, Jesus Christ; And all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Acts 2:44-47
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
Luke 10:33-35
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

Comment (1)

  1. Arnold 12 years ago

    I am a born again Catholic – I was brought back stronger to the church by the late Donald McCallum and his team. I have learnt to Love myself and to love others, forgive myself and to forgive others – I am truly bless with His love. I am now living in Florida and we need a new church – the Lord is telling me to help build His church, doing the Lords work is not easy there is always stumbling blocks. I will keep on doing 60-60 God is good and I will let my light shine where ever I go. Monica

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