Respect ~ Five Minute Friday

I am back with another Five Minute Friday. Five Minute Friday is when we get a word prompt and spend just five minutes writing. No planning, no editing, just writing.

This week the word is Respect. What do I have to say about respect in just five minutes? Here we go…

Respect, I have grown up learning to respect my elders. But what does that mean? defines respect as : esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability or to show regard or consideration for.

Respect to me is a two-way street. If anyone wants respect, they must give it. But who is to start? Do you have to wait for someone to give respect to you before you give respect to them? What if they are waiting for the same thing from you?

Did Jesus wait for people to show respect to him? Or, did he give respect to those who came to him before they gave any to him? From my understanding, he freely gave respect to many. He didn’t expect it in return.

So, respect should be given. It should not be expected in return. We should respect all those around us, whether we agree with them or not. I think during these trying times, we should look back into the bible and see how things, how respect was given. We need to take notes and apply them to our daily lives.

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7 Replies to “Respect ~ Five Minute Friday”

  1. Yes! Jesus didn’t walk around demanding respect–he just gave it freely. In my book, respect and love look a lot alike :). I haven’t seen you around here before (I’ve been absent most of the summer), it’s nice to ‘meet’ you! Your FMF neighbor :).

  2. Sometimes respect involves instruction.

    I did not respect the man;
    at first, his judgement stank,
    and disastrous was his every plan,
    but I respected rank.
    He came to us from Quantico,
    with himself quite over-awed,
    but how was the LT to know
    three months don’t make him God.
    It was our job to mold his skill
    with kind obedient hearts,
    and stay the course with him until
    he could play his part
    to lead the men who’d led him on
    into career’s bright future dawn.

    #1 at FMF this week.

  3. Several years ago I was trying to get my kids to show more respect to adults by calling the Mr and Mrs. The first couple that I started this practice with, thought it was overtly formal. It was frustrating, and it squelched my plans. We (and I mean “I” and much as I mean anyone) lack respect in so many areas of our lives these day. It is hard to model when we don’t see it around us. God help us.

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