Respect

Aretha Franklin

Image by Boss Tweed via Flickr

Aretha Franklin demands respect, and we do too.  We usually know when someone is disrespectful, but how do we show respect?  One way we respect others is by acknowledging what others have done.  So often we take the chores or responsibilities of others as just what they do.  The waitress gets paid to wait on us. We expect our housemate or spouse to do their agreed upon tasks.  We believe the other drivers will let us merge into traffic in front of them because that is the “right” thing to do.  Our co-workers fear retribution from us, the boss, or the peer group.  They may feel that they have to comply because of survival, but if we want to move beyond survival to thriving, then we need to show respect by acknowledging the work others do.  We need to acknowledge the waitress who brings us coffee, the spouse who shares in household responsibilities, even if it is not equal sharing, the co-worker who is dependable, and everyone else who is willing to do work.  That is how we show respect.  Our behavior allows others to feel respected.  Everyone we meet is created in the image of God.  By respecting others, we are honoring God.  Thank you for the work you have done today.  Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I appreciate you!

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