Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Easy to 'Overlook'

Romans 12 is quite a juicy passage of scripture.

You could take just about any verse and write or talk about it all day long. But there is one particular verse that has been like a revolving door going around and around in my mind in the last few weeks.

Vs. 12 says, "Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other." (NLT)

It would be amazing to live in a world like this wouldn’t it? To look at others with no judgment – just genuine affection. To be treated that way would make life so much more enjoyable.
Take a moment and think about how incredible it would be to know that there are no strings attached…nothing expected in return…just genuine care freely given.

Fells Point
(Inner Harbor - Baltimore, MD)
Honor. There is not all that much of it left in the world, and that is why we stand amazed when we see it happen. If a dignitary walks into the room, we stand and applaud. When a person of worldly importance is in the vicinity of where we are, we will climb a tree just to get a look at them.

The greatest concern for me lately is, what kind of genuine affection and honor am I showing to those closest to me? Those that are so close, it is easy to ‘overlook’ the greatness that they bring into our world. I’m referring to spouses – children – ‘true’ friendships – those who converse with you each and every day.

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” (Cynthia Ozick)

So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this blog. SOMEBODY HONOR SOMEBODY.

Husbands – do something more than just tell your wife you love her. Honor her by taking care of something that she normally has to do.
Parents – shut off the television or whatever has your attention and honor the blessing God gave you by getting into their world for a little while.
Friends - Reach out to a friend. Buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks. 
Sit down and write a handwritten note to someone that has blessed your life.

Christ-followers would change the world if we would stop taking … and start giving.

Genuine affection. Delight in honoring somebody. Let’s go. 

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