I was listening to a radio program last week and the announcer said that it’s been proven that if you’re depressed, you should tackle a small project and complete it. Well, I’m not depressed, thank God, but I am on a mission to get organized. So my messy sock drawer was my project this morning. And while I was certain that the washing machine had eaten all the matches to my socks, most of them were in the drawer all along! The sense of accomplishment I felt from organizing my sock draw was priceless.
The recent death of the Queen of Soul, has me thinking about the word respect.
The Bible says that the greatest thing is love. I’m not one to argue with what the Word says, but I can’t help but think that respect is right on the heels of love, in terms of importance.
Here’s a definition of respect: admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements.
I am putting a spotlight on respecting each other as human beings. Some years ago, at the neighborhood grocery store in the area where I lived, mothers would be in the store with their young boys, and there were always mothers cussing their sons out. I thought about this years after, and I realized that even little boys need respect. I wondered, did some of those boys wind up being perpetrators of crime? Did they grow up hateful and angry? Dysfunctional?
When one is respected, he or she is seen, heard. There is an attempt to understand, empathize. We all need love, but let’s all encourage a little more Respect.
There’s so much going on these days, and people are saying that things are worse than they can ever remember. It’s not just what’s going on in the White House, but what’s happening in the streets and our own homes that are perplexing and challenging.
And sometimes, in a world where little makes sense, and we have so many problems and responsibilities, it’s very easy to ball up in a knot of worry and fear, or even to simply give up. But I have found a remedy for life’s challenges.
The first Bible verse I ever committed to memory is found in Philippians chapter 4. It says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Now I pray about things that, when I was younger, I would never have thought to pray about. For example,I’ll pray before I go shopping, that I’ll make wise choices. Sometimes, it seems like I’ve prayed a hundred times about the same situations, because some things seem like they never change. But even in those things, I pray for wisdom and insight.
What I’ve learned is that I don’t have to walk around with the weight of the world on my shoulders. Even when I mess up. I can give God my mess-ups, too.
It is entirely possible to have peace in a perplexing world!
Cheryl A. Lewis
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