I’ve talked about respect before but certain things have come to my attention that have led me to talk about it again.
Too many times, especially among young adults and teenagers, there is a complete lack of respect. Sometimes its directed at parents, sometimes at teachers, sometimes its towards religious leaders, whoever it is directed at, a lack of respect is never justified.
Respect, it seems like such a hard thing to find nowadays, and unfortunately it really is a hard thing to find. Respect is an action, you either show it or you don’t, you either have it or you don’t.
In any conflict, it’s not always pretty, but respect can change the outcome. You can tell people that they have done something wrong or that you don’t agree with their opinion respectfully without a negative effect. Even in situations when people are attacking you verbally you can defend yourself without disrespecting them.
James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
Anger is often a fallback for people when other people have done wrong by them. They react negatively and lash back, seeking to hurt the people who have hurt them. Reacting with anger is the easy way out and can often have a negative effect.
It all comes down to controlling your emotions. Letting your emotions take control of you affects the way you react and that affects the outcome. Emotions can often make the situation escalate until it all just seems to blow up. I challenge people to try to control their emotions and react with respect and see how the outcome of the situation changes.
“Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse.”