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Celebrate and leverage the influence you have to show honor and love to others.

Celebrate and leverage the influence you have to show honor and love to others.

Honor.

We give it to our military. (And rightly so.)
We give it to celebrities. (Um.)
We give it to the accomplished. (Sure.)
We give it to the beautiful. (Because?)

According to Romans 12:10, we should “honor one another above ourselves.” In this verse, the original word in Greek for honor means, “honor which belongs or is shown to one; the honor of one who outranks others, pre-eminence.”

Honor should be given to those in high and honorable positions. But my friend, Lori Wilhite, takes it a step further and says, “We should show 360° of honor.” She means that we honor those on all sides of us. To our right and left. To those who serve and are led by us. Not just to those who lead us.

Celebrate and leverage the influence you have to show honor and love to others.

If you are someone who has any number of people looking to you for your leadership, you have cause to celebrate. For God has given you this. It’s not because you are amazing, although I am sure you are, and it’s not because you have exorbitant talents, although I am confident you do. He has chosen you to steward this position well.

So, steward this position well.

In addition to celebrating the level from which I lead, I also seek to leverage it. Not for me, for others. One of the ways I have done this is to find ways to honor people who usually don’t receive it.

I love to encourage our volunteers at church because they are making things happen. I truly do not know where we’d be without them. Actually, I do.

  • We’d be irritable without our hospitality team to make coffee.
  • We’d be sitting in circles on the floor without our operations team to set up the chairs.
  • We’d be in the dark listening to an acoustic worship set without out tech team to amplify the sound.

(I do love me a good acoustic worship set, though.)

So, what does it really mean to honor someone?

To regard or treat with admiration or respect.

Even if they don’t deserve it? I’m thinking so.

To me, honor really just means loving them. And Jesus was all about that. He laid down his right as King of the World next to His Dad and came to earth to love us. All of us.

Celebrate and leverage the influence you have to show honor and love to others.

Today’s Reading
Romans 12

 

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