All I Really Need to Know

Recently I read an article (well not really an article, more like a list) by Robert Fulghum, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” I was intrigued, especially since I am of the generation when Kindergarten was optional, and I never attended.

Here is his list:

  1. Share Everything.
  2. Play fair.
  3. Don’t hit people.
  4. Put things back where you found them.
  5. Clean up your own mess.
  6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
  7. Say you’re sorry when you hurt someone.
  8. Wash your hands before you eat.
  9. Flush.
  10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
  11. Live a Balanced life – learn some, drink some, draw some, paint some, sing, dance, play, and work some every day.
  12. Take a nap every afternoon.
  13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down, and the plant goes up; and nobody really knows how or why. We are all like that.
  15. Goldfish and Hamster and White Mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die, and so do we.
  16. Remember the “Dick and Jane” books and the first words you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK!

Good advice! If we would just follow these simple principles, our world would be just a bit better, and we would be a bit happier.

When Jesus was asked, “What is the Greatest Commandment?” He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your Heart and with all your Strength and with all your Might … and the second is like it. Love your Neighbor as yourself.” Great advice! If we could just follow His instruction, our world would be a lot better, and we would be a lot happier.

The rules of life are really a simple, Kindergarten-level process. It all starts with understanding Whom should be our priority – “Love the Lord your God with all…” and then treating others – “Love your Neighbor” – with respect. Love God and Love People. Those are the “Greatest Commandments” of all.

Pressing On,

Pastor Tom – Philippians 3:14