“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
I am not good at hiding my thoughts, I’m sure that many people have been the known recipient of my glare when they use “unacceptable to a 65 year old women” words, push by another in line, or other rudities … very popular and sadly, more and more acceptable in today’s American societies. For example, we were at a Blue and Gold Banquet Wednesday night – two scouts left their tables and ran (full gate) to the buffet line. Their dad came up a minute or two later and made a comment – not about not running – about their “making it.” He then proceeded to get behind them in line and bring in his whole table! AArrGGhh!
So, there is –adversely- little that makes me happier than seeing or hearing little action words like “please,” “thank you,” excuse me,” or “Ma’am.” As a small girl I learned (from my Mom) a little song, “There are two little magic words, that will open any door with ease, one little word is thanks and the other little word is please. We both sang it to me nieces and nephews, then my grandkids. If I am around, I will be singing it to my great-grandkids! I will also expect them to show respect, especially to the elderly, to hold doors for ladies and to always let others go first. This is COMMON respect and manners.
How much more should we, as Christians, demonstrate love and respect? I would be very surprised to read that Jesus had pushed his way to the front of the line at the wedding in Cana or allowed Himself to be fed before His mother and “the other women.” We see Him offering thanks and telling His disciples to offer the fish and bread to the multitudes, right? I know that a great time to chat with your friends is either before or after the worship service but do you grimace, as I do, when others allow their children, grandchildren, or even allow themselves to run around the church endangering those with walkers or carrying babies? I will abstain about other ways we, as Christians, disrespect others but there are many… Yes, we are busy, I understand but we are also reflections of Christ!
Be like Jesus, this my song,
In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus, all day long!
I would be like Jesus.
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
Hugs +/or ChIPS ©3/05 Eleanor J. Gale-Boone