This is the final in a series of ten posts How to Get Along With Anyone.
Here are Steps 1
in case you missed them! I’ve had a great time and can’t wait to read your comments.
R E S P E C T!
This probably should have been step #1, in our series, because of the power RESPECT wields when executed, and destruction produced when it doesn’t exist.
Aretha Franklin made it popular a few years ago as she sang,
“When you come home – Or, you might walk in – respect me, I got to have a little respect.”
RESPECT is not as high a priority, in many homes today, as it was two generations ago.
When we were growing up, my mom told us a true story from the Old Testament regarding respect. Elisha was one of God’s most powerful prophets. One day, during his travels, some young people made fun of Elisha’s bald head and, with serious disrespect, made fun of where he was going, “Go on up, you bald head.” (I’m certain this is the abbreviated version)
Obviously, God took it seriously. He sent two bears, out of the woods, to kill those who had made fun of Elisha. (II Kings 2)
Whoa, that story certainly got my attention and kept it for many years to come. It probably kept my tongue in tow many times, as a child, fearing bears would appear out of nowhere to give me the consequences I deserved.