We talk a lot about loving people, and we often don’t know what that means. A phrase I like is ” honor people”. When you honor a person you give them worth and value in their own eyes. Here is my verse!
Leviticus 19:32. You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the Lord.
Exodus 20:1. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
There are many other verses that encourage us to honor all men, honor the king or the president, to honor those who teach us.
One way is to remember their birthday. I felt very honored today, as many people remembered my 70th birthday with a note or text message. A key way to honor people is to pay sincere attention to their words when they talk. If you want to dishonor a person, walk away while they are talking . Because I am always in a hurry to get more done I tend to be impatient while people are talking and taking to much time to tell a story. After a few minutes I send a message to them by breaking eye contact with them as they talk signaling that I am done listening. I don’t think this through and consciously plan on doing it as a strategy to gain more time in my day, but I certainly do it subconsciously in response to my impatience. My habit isn’t quite as bad as walking away, but close. One of my character goals for this year is to honor those in my life by showing sincere attention to their words as they talk, and to relax, be patient and enjoy listening to people’s stories. There are so many good things to do with my life, and honoring people is close to the top.