Spiritual Practice

A Measure of Respect

Karen Whiting

I have discovered that to be respected I must show respect. How do we start to show respect to God, to other people, and to creation? Here are some ideas that will help us to increase our measure of respect:

A-ppreciate people and the earth.

B-elieve in other people; God does.

devozine Earth Day TS 141320518C-onsideration: Treat others kindly, and treat the earth gently.

D-iscipline yourself so that your words and actions are pure.

E-ncourage growth in the talents of others and in the earth’s beauty.

F-irst, be a friend.

G-ive selflessly.

H-onesty is important in all that you say and do.

I-mpartiality: Listen before you judge.

J-oyfully give to others.

K-eep confidences.

L-ook for what God sees in other people and in creation.

devozine praying circle124820010M-indfulness: Be attentive to the feelings of others.

N-urture God’s creation.

O-pen your mind to the opinions of others.

P-ray for others.

Q-uiet your mind and listen.

R-ejoice in the successes of others.

S-incerity: Be genuine in expressing respect.

T-rust God, and trust other people.

U-prightness: Do what is right.

V-alue the words and opinions of others.

devozine Couple Talking TS 86486155W-ork at relationships.

X-ray vision: Look through God’s word to see God’s will.

Y-ield to the needs of other people and to the will of God.

Z-est: Be enthusiastic for all of life.



REFLECT: Which one of the ABCs of respect can I practice today?

Give, and it will be given to you, . . .
for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.
Luke 6:38 (NRSV)

—from devozine (January/Feubruary 1999). Copyright © 1998 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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