It Starts with Me

 

Read:  Ephesians 4:1-6         

With all of the divisive things going on in our world and country right now it feels like we all need a good dose of humility and respect.  When we are humble in our opinions and we respect each other amid our differences we can live together in this life instead of continuing to add fuel to angry fires.  Can we value humility and respect for each other over the selfish desire to always be right?  Even if we are right?

The Bible and the Christian faith have a lot to say about these things.  However, too often it seems like we forget these very valuable words of life instruction that God has given to us.  Listen to the counsel of God’s Word….

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with another in love.”  Ephesians 4:2;  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”  Philippians 2:3;  “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”  Proverbs 11:2;  “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”  Romans 12:16;  “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”  James 4:10;  “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”  Colossians 3:12

As we head out into our jobs, our churches, our communities, and our world each day it is important to clothe our opinions, conversations, and interactions with these wise words from the Lord.  Too often we look at others and think of how they need to change and how they need to act instead of focusing on our own life.  What if we started a movement of humility and respect for each other?  What if we came to the realization that a movement like that begins with ourselves.  It begins with me.  It starts with me.

Whether it be political, religious, racial, moral, or any other differences, those differences should not define us.  Instead, our humility and respect for each other in the midst of those differences is where we find peace, respect, unity, and love.  I think we would all agree that more of that is needed in our country and world right now.  Where does it begin?  It begins with me!  Hopefully you will join me in this movement of humility and respect that is encouraged in God’s Word.

Make it Personal: 

 Consider personally how to start this attitude of humility and respect in your life.  Does it begin with your conversations with others? Does it begin with your interactions and reactions to social media posts?  Does it begin with how you watch the news and sports?  Does it begin with how you treat your spouse and children?  After you answer some of those questions remind yourself…. It starts with you.
 
Have a great week filled with humility and respect, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church