D.I.S.R.E.S.P.E.C.T

Romans 13:7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

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I receive a daily email from a site called Mamapedia.  I am not sure WHY I get it, since I do not have small children.  The daily digest  mainly has a list of questions that struggling parents are asking.  One of the questions was from a desperate dad reached out to the audience for help and reassurance.  He had a 4 year old that was very disrespectful to him.  She consistently said mean things, such as “I don’t want people to see me with you”, called him names, hid from him when he was taking her to dance or school, and often stuck her tongue out at him.  He had tried timeout but she would not even stay in the time-out chair.

I do not want to lose any followers so I will not give you my advise on HOW to handle this child, but I will tell you that I am a believer of spare the rod, spoil the child.  The Bible is very clear that respect is good and disrespect is bad.  Respect is admiration for a person because of his or her position, abilities, qualities, or achievements. Respect is associated with esteem, regard, high opinion, admiration, reverence, deference, and honor. In the Bible, respect is more specifically the act of acknowledging another person’s worth, especially because of position, honor, or age. Disrespect is the opposite of respect: it is failing to acknowledge another’s worth, withholding the honor that should be given, or actively demeaning someone.

According the Bible, respect should be given to those who are owed respect.  So who are “those who are owed respect?” The Bible gives us four categories of people to whom respect should be given: elders, authority figures, Jesus Christ, and mankind in general. Elders are owed respect because of their age and experience. (Leviticus 19:32, 1 Timothy 5:1). Since the experience that comes with old age to respect your elders is to respect the wisdom they can give.

Authority figures outside the church would be policemen, firemen, teachers, and bosses, to name a few.  Others listed in the Bible who are owed respect, include political leaders such as the President (1 Peter 2:17) and city officials (Mark 15:43).  The Bible continues to list people and positions Christians should show respect to; those in authority at the church (1 Timothy 3:2), spiritual leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12), good fathers who discipline their children (Hebrews 12:9), parents in general (Exodus 20:12; Matthew 15:4), husbands (Ephesians 5:33), and the masters of servants or slaves (bosses). Interestingly, slaves are told to respect their masters not only when their masters are good and gentle, but also when they are harsh and unjust (1 Peter 2:18).

Finally, respect is something that is owed to people in general, from one man to another.  A parable is told about a wicked judge who did not fear God or respect man (Luke 18:2). The judge’s disrespect for people is a feature of his wickedness in the story. Christians are not only to honor their fellow believers (Romans 12:10), but also to respect those who do not believe. We are Christians and should be Christlike.  Christ respected others, even those who He knew were wrong in their thoughts or actions. (1 Peter 3:15).

First Peter 2:17 describes respect, perfectly “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”  Many of you will not like, and may even disagree, with the Bible’s instruction on how to handle disrespect.  The Bible not only gives us instructions on what is good and wise but how to do what is good is wise.  We live in a culture that disagrees with God and the Bible.  The worldly experts tells parents that the way of the Bible is old and outdated instruction.  But the Bible is  timeless. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Many of you deal with grown ups who act just like this 4 year old to their family members, to the waitress, the sales associate, the pastor, the teacher and anyone else who tells them no or doesn’t do what they want. They are mean and nasty to people in authority, will not listen to wise counsel and use the excuse that the people they treat disrespectfully do not deserve their respect.  They have an excuse for everyone they treat badly and they are adamant that they are the victims.

Some of the responses to the father made excuses for the child. Some appeared to say maybe the things the 4 year said were true.  While others explained how to stop the disrespect and emphatically said, stop it now before it gets worse.  If I were going to give advice, I would encourage the parent to seek out the answer in God’s word.  God not only tells us that we should be respectful but He tells us how to handle people who are not, children and adults.  Churches don’t like his answer.  Christians don’t like his answer.  BUT HE GIVE US THE CLEAR ANSWER!

Disrespectful children grow up to be disrespectful adults.  Unfortunately, we have a lot of D.I.S.R.E.S.P.E.C.T going around.  God never said respect had to be earned, man made that up.  I will give respect when I get respect, is not in the Bible.  Again we made that up. If we want to change the world, we need to look at ourselves, look in our own homes, our churches and our schools.  God says there is blessings from obeying His Word.  Are you, your children, your church members, your employees receiving God’s blessings?? If not, you can.  Open the Bible today and make a commitment to live your life as God directs and tune out all the world experts who advice you to be totally contrary to God.  It may be hard, but it will be worth it.

Let It Go

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

I know all of you are sick of the kids song “Let it go” from the movie frozen BUT…….some of you need to take these specific lyrics to heart…..”Let it go, let it go, Can’t hold it back anymore, Let it go, let it go”. You know what you are holding on to that you need to let go. Hate, resentment, anger, jealously, fear, and the list goes on. Just let it go and then replace it with joy, peace, love and all the other fruits of the spirit.let it go

Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, Trouble

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Trouble
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

I have adopted the Lyrics of Trouble, sang by Ray LaMontagne If you don’t know the song tune, check it out on YouTube. It is an oldie but goodie.

Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble
Trouble been doggin’ my soul since the day I was born
Worry
Worry, worry, worry, worry
Worry just will not seem to leave my mind alone
We’ll I’ve been
Saved by Jesus Christ
I’ve been
Saved by Jesus Christ
I’ve been
Saved by a Jesus Christ
He won’t let me go
He won’t let me go now
He won’t let me go
He won’t let me go now

Trouble
Oh, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble
Feels like every time I get back on my feet
he (the devil) come around and knock me down again
Worry
Oh, worry, worry, worry, worry
Sometimes I swear it feels like this worry is my only friend
We’ll I’ve been saved
By Jesus Christ
I’ve been saved
By Jesus Christ
I’ve been saved
By Jesus Christ
He won’t let me go
He won’t let me go now
He won’t let me go
He won’t let me go now
Oh, ah
Oh
He good to me now
He give me love and affection
He good tell me now
He give me love and affection
I said I love him
Yes I love Him
I said I love Him
I said I love
He good to me now
He’s good to me
He’s good to me

1 Peter 4:12-13 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.

1 Peter 1:6-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

2 Corinthians 4:8-11 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Philippians 4:19-20 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Psalm 31:24 Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!

Just know He is good to you, He won’t let you go and He loves you.

WORD!!!!!

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed And Something Blue

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Today’s Truth:  Ecclesiastes 3:1  There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens

From My Heart To Yours:

I bet when you read the title for today’s devotional you immediately thought that I was going to write about a wedding.  God is getting ready to take me on a new journey in my life and I knew that I wanted to share it with you to encourage you.  I thought of several titles and many scriptures that I could use but this morning when I awoke both of these came to my mind for this devotional.  God may be getting ready to do something amazing for you too and you are holding back because of fear.  Let me tell you that I am more afraid of not doing what God wants me to do than I am of doing it.

10 years ago I decided to retire early from a company that I had been with over 13 years, leave an industry I had worked in for over 17 years, and step down from an executive job making 6 figures.  I can assure you this was not an easy decision for me to make and I struggled for a long time before making it.  I knew for a long time that I should do this but just couldn’t make sense of it financially.  Through prayer and discussions with my husband we came to the conclusion that the time had come for me to retire and help him full-time in the new church he had been called to pastor.

That was almost 10 years ago and needless say I have been retired, semi-retired and out of retirement throughout that time.  Here I am again 10 years later struggling with what to do regarding my job.  SOMETHING OLD.  I feel that God is telling me it is time for me to retire AGAIN.  My husband and I just finished a financial class and decided that I would work until we were debt free.  We have been working on that for almost a year now and we still have a way go before reaching that goal.  Leaving a good job that pays in an economy that isn’t hiring doesn’t make sense anyway you look at it.  BUT I know this is the right “God” thing for me to do.

I have felt for a while now that God wanted me to be an encourager.  Lately I have gotten confirmation on two new area’s that I believe God is leading me into.  SOMETHING NEW.  I have never written a book, however in just the last 3 days I have written titles for 3 books and outlined the chapters of those books.  AMAZING I KNOW!  I also think I am being called to public speaking for women’s events/ministries to encourage women of all ages.  I do have the gift of gab, many who know me will testify to that, lots of experiences I can share and I love to motivate and encourage women with the Good new of Jesus Christ.

During this transitional time of my life I have talked to many Christian women at different stages of their spiritual maturity and been encouraged myself.  SOMETHING BORROWED.  So many women have shared with me how God has intervened in their life with a career change that changed their life.  Through their stories I have been motivated that I have made the right choice.  I am not afraid of the financial impacts, the new career path I am taking or the what if’s.  Their stories, their prayers for me and the scriptures they shared with me have just fueled the fire and have me counting the days until my new journey begins.

I will miss my co-workers, clients and employer where I currently work.  SOMETHING BLUE.  I will miss my daily routine, dressing up to go to work each day and having my office with people around me.  Everywhere I have worked throughout my life I have made friends, along with a few friendimies, that I have to leave behind with the job.  You always leave with the greatest of intentions of staying in touch and sometimes you do, but mostly you don’t.

As I look back into the rearview mirror I see a career that I thought I would stick with for many more years to come.  God has a different plan though.  All I know for sure is that my God GPS has my new destination mapped out.  No matter how far out I take the map I can’t see where it ends.  I have my car packed though and I am ready to go wherever he takes me.  I think I am in for an awesome ride with new adventures and new challenges that with him are all possible to achieve.

Is he calling you do something that sounds crazy?  Are you miserable where are now?  Maybe God has something in store for you and He is just waiting for you to trust Him and “JUST DO IT”.  As the old bible hymn says..Trust and Obey.  I encourage you to “Just Do It”, whatever it is.

Let’s Pray: 

Dear Lord, we know that you are in control of our lives.  Sometimes, we forget you have bigger and better plans than we could ever have planned for ourselves.  Help us to trust you, to obey you and “just do” whatever it is you are calling us to do.  In Jesus Name. AMEN.