Respect

September 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

          Earlier today, the Mrs. and I were taking a drive in search of garage sale treasures.  I decided to stop into a nearby Racetrac convenience store to grab a soda.  After pouring my giant drink ($1 special…), I went to get in line.  There was a kind man getting in line at the same time who said, ‘After you Sir’… 

Conversation ensued about how we hear that term more often as we’re older and how both of us would have been disciplined if we didn’t, or in his words, ‘Momma would have slapped me on the back of the head if I didn’t say ‘Sir’ or ‘Mam’’.

          While walking back to the car, all I could think about was respect and how it’s such a rare thing today.  In my generation, respect was at the top of the list of lessons to learn.  We were taught to respect women by opening the door for them, to speak ‘respectfully’ to our teachers and elders, to treat each other with respect even if we disagree, to respect our parents when they tell us what to do, to respect law enforcement, and to respect our flag & country.

          To this day, the one thing that will ‘trigger’ my ire more than anything else is disrespect.  The lack of honoring our elders and parents, the willful disobedience of some youth today, the political disrespect on both sides, the lack of concern for others even at places like the grocery store, the self-absorbed generation who expects everything to be handed to them, and the lack of concern for the downtrodden.

          We’ve all heard those cliché’s like, ‘respect isn’t given, it’s earned’ or ‘respect is hard to earn and easy to lose’.   Both of which, are true.  But, to me, respect is all about honor.  We may not agree with someone, we may not even like them, but when we consider the biblical virtue of ‘honoring others above ourselves’, it may mean that we still treat them with respect. 

          Now, I’m not saying that all disrespect is wrong.  Truly, some people earn disrespect when they behave ugly.  But, the bar we measure that disrespect by today is much lower than it has been in the past.   The culture of respect that we have lost in our country may never be seen again and, the path of disrespect we’re on, may lead us down paths of civil unrest that we haven’t seen before.   I pray not.

          Healthy respect for each other will build lasting trust and love.  Healthy respect will break down the walls that separate us. Healthy respect will allow for children and their parents to have a relationship even when they disagree.  As we honor one another, we become better ourselves.  As we give honor to our parents, we’re not only obeying God’s command, we are showing them the respect we will wish of our own children one day.

          With the passing this week of one of America’s greatest soul singers, Aretha Franklin, I wanted to pay tribute to her with the video below.  She gets it right in the way only she can, singing her song ‘Respect’, in one of my favorite movies of all time, The Blues Brothers’.   So, here’s to you Aretha… you’ll be missed, but your music will live on for generations…

 

 

Love always friends,

 

Brad

         

 


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