Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. – Romans 12:10
There are two kinds of people – and I’ve known and loved both kinds. Some people walk into a room and say…
HERE I AM!
Some people walk into a room and say…
THERE YOU ARE!!!
There are two ways you can display a basket. It’s true – and you can tell a lot about a person by looking at the way they display their baskets.
I’ve been to the Longaberger Homestead 3 times and we’re planning another trip soon. While there, I’ve made a couple of baskets and learned a bit about basket weaving. The baskets are made from the bottom up. The one helping starts the base – so it will have a stable foundation to set on. When you get to the top, the person helping usually pretty much takes over because making the collar of the basket is tricky. When the final piece of wood is put on the collar, they give it a haircut. They snip it on each side and on the end.
When you display your basket, you can put the side of it with the haircut where you see it or where others see it. It’s not the prettiest part of the basket, but it has to be there. See what I mean? Those who display the haircut side where they see it more than others do – well, they put more importance on what others see than on what they see.
It may seem like a small thing – but it’s a bit of basket psychology to tuck away in the back of your mind. Oh yeah… it’s a thing!
Of course it’s about more than baskets – it’s about how we treat others on a daily basis. Meeting needs, first of all in our own households – then out from there. Showing honor and esteem to others more than ourselves is not about punishing ourselves – it’s just about being more kind to others. Simple nice actions and random acts of kindness can go a long way toward making others feel honored.
For example, let me challenge you to thank a person in uniform for their service the next time you see them. Any uniform – no matter what the job is. Ah… you’re realizing how many people wear uniforms in their jobs now, aren’t you? Good!
Seriously… so many people in uniforms wonder why they bother some days because they don’t feel honored – heck, they don’t even feel wanted most days. A simple “Thank you for your service” goes a long way. People need to be recognized for what they contribute to the world.
Law enforcement officers need our encouragement more now than ever. Our military needs encouragement more now than ever. If your trash man wears a uniform – go out next week and thank him for doing such a good job! Even if he doesn’t – do it anyway. I wouldn’t do that job – eeeeewwww. Bugs and stuff. Ugh – no.
HONOR is not a word we hear much these days – and certainly not a concept we’re familiar with. That needs to change – and it can change one person at a time. Will you be part of the change for the better? 🙂