Respect begins in the Home
“It’s easier said than done” is what I often hear when you talk to someone about showing respect toward another.
“They don’t deserve respect” is another think I hear.
Well I’ve got news for you, respect begins in the home with training up our children in the way they should go and biblically speaking they will never depart from it.
Some of the problem falls on absentee fathers and is up to the single-parent mothers to pick up the slack. Many of them may have come out of the same home life situation and have not been given the tools to deal with properly training up the child or children she has brought into this world.
We teach our children to respect themselves and others; to show honor to their parents and to those who are older than them; to respect and obey teachers, adults and members of law enforcement. Those are the “givens” in life. We are to be living by example (doing the same things) and stepping up when we see someone or something being mistreated. It is good citizenship and what we call being good stewards of the bounty and gifts bestowed upon us by Almighty God.
That doesn’t mean that we teach them to be cowards or to cower away from a bully or someone being abusive. If the situation is beyond our control (as many are) we are to report it to proper authorities (school officials, medical professionals or 911.
Without respect you have chaos and anarchy where anything goes is acceptable behavior. It is not.
Children growing up without respecting authority are headed for a life of heartache, sadness and trouble. Parents who fail to teach discipline at home will not be surprised when they find themselves face to face with their failure and with the consequences of their actions (inactions).
When we teach our children to treat others fairly we are giving them tools toward a successful adulthood. We teach them to think ahead and anticipate the consequences of their actions and weigh whether they be good or bad.
Every parent wants what is best for their child. Not every parent knows quite how to make that happen and those who simply say, “It’s up to the child to make their own choices” without giving them the proper tools is doing that child a disservice and preparing him/her for a life of failure.
We have each been given access to the “guidebook for life” where the principles of God are plainly given as a pattern for healthy living. That guidebook is called the Bible and it is profitable for all mankind. Whether or not you have access to the written Word of God, it is freely available online in many formats and in many languages and dialects.
Don’t let life pass you by without making your decisions based upon the rules of the maker of all things, Almighty God! – I am the Real Truckmaster!