Honor::high respect, as for worth, merit or rank. to treat with honor. esteem.
Value::relative worth, merit or importance. to consider with respect to worth, excellence, usefulness or importance. to regard or esteem highly.
As I take a look at these definitions, it causes me to look within. To look at my daily actions and interactions with those placed around me and in my life. Do I show high respect for others? Do I treat them with excellence and voice their importance?
Herein lies my latest challenge. Recently, this popped into my head: “a person can never hear how loved, appreciated and valued they are too much!” It is that thought that has me digging deep and increasing my awareness.
I see that I am blessed with many wonderful people in my life. However, I rarely tell them how important they are. I rarely speak forth what I love about them. Therefore, I am not empowering them. I have begun to see that when we honor and speak of the value of one another, we are literally speaking identity to each other and it empowers to walk in more purpose and fullness of identity. When we don’t speak, we stifle that identity and can even cause others to doubt their identity and purpose.
Furthermore, I have begun to see that speaking forth these things to people will require vulnerability. This seems an odd thought at first, but come along with me for a moment. If we live in a society that is dominated by the premise that in order to promote ourselves, we must belittle others…well then, if we do the opposite we are open for wounding or even attack. If I get the boldness to say that the thing I love so much about “Polly” is her ability to show great patience with her children, and that shows the love and patience of the Father…well, that can make people uncomfortable – especially if “Polly” has been belittled in the past as being a pushover with her children. [remember, it is amazing how we as humans can take the very things that exemplify the Father, Son or Holy Spirit and break them down to seem a weakness]
As I am meditating on this, I am seeing the power behind it. I am beginning to step out and voice those beautiful qualities around me and proclaim the value within them, I am beginning to bring honor in places that have not previously experienced that. What an amazing privilege. Let’s start speaking the positive and empowering truth instead of operating in the false in order to promote ourselves.
“Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.” ~Criss Jami
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.