Morning Prayer, Thursday, February 22, 2024 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: DECENCY AND RESPECT

Father God, not matter their status or position, I promise to treat everyone with decency and respect.  Amen

“Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them. Add up God’s Law and Prophets and this is what you get.” (Matthew 7:12)

“I treat everyone with decency and respect whether they are the garbage man or the president of the United States.”  Many people in this world start out on the bottom rung of the ladder in life and work their way up from there.  With a lot of hard work and elbow grease they went from what they call “grass to grace.”  The thing about that is we have to be careful that we do not lose our values as we move up the ladder of success.  Have the same morals in the job that paid you $115 dollars an hours as you did in the one that paid you $15.  Thing is the same ladder you climbed up can be the same one you fall back down.  Those same people that you encountered, mistreated, looked down your nose at on the way up may be the same people that have to give you a helping hand on your way back up.  Nothing in this world is guaranteed, not your money, your health or your status.  Everything we own or about is a fleeting in the wind.  With one bad storm it can all be swept away.  The rich man nor the poor man know what tomorrow holds for them.  We can guess, but none of us know for sure which is why we should treat everyone with the same level of decency and respect.  As I sat watching a Nigerian movie seeing how they didn’t have stoves, toilets or running water, it made me thankful because these are things, we oftentimes take for granted.  Compared to how some around this world live, some of us in their eyes are rich.  Let that soak in and once it does, you will realize that you really are not as bad off as you think.

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"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.."  John 3:16         




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