To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth- Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. Proverbs 1:2-6

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Respect, for me at least, is not quite as easy as it may seem. I mean, just because I know the definition of the word and am more than willing to be respectful doesn't at all mean that I have the slightest clue as to how to actually show respect. So here are a few things about showing respect that I learned. I'm sure I will be re-learning these and learning more as I grow. I thank God for the people he has put in my life to teach me.

* Tone of voice. I can sometimes sound like I am being condescending even if I am trying to compliment a person.

* Think before you speak. I get this feeling like I'll be working on this one for a while.

* Believe the best in the person. Don't jump to conclusions about why they did this or that.

* It is always better for me to think they had meant well than for me to assume they were just being a butthead before they have a chance to defend themselves.

* Don't say negative things about them to other people.

* It's not my job to teach them lessons, to show them "how it feels", or to be their Holy Spirit.

Well, I'm certain I have a LOT more to learn and I pray that God gives me wisdom in this area and in the rest of my life as well as a soft and teachable heart.

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