It does not dishonor others…. I Corinthians 13:5
We treat our people like royalty. If you honor and serve the people who work for you, they will honor and serve you.~Mary Kay Ash
Love does not dishonor others, but honors others. Mary Kay Ash was the founder and owner of Mary Kay Cosmetics. This cosmetics company started with an initial investment of 5000 dollars, and grew to over a 2 billion in wholesale volume. Mary Kay was not happy at being passed over for promotion by a man she had trained, so that experience encouraged her to begin writing a book. As she got into writing the book, it became the business model for Mary Kay Cosmetics. She was a great advocate for the independent woman, but was also into the idea of honoring great achievement. One of the staples of the company is rewarding their top sales women with a pink Cadillac. Her above quote and the fact of giving away an expensive car shows that she believed in the idea of honor. The life-giver always brings honor to those around them. The life-giver never tears down another person to bring themselves honor, they honor themselves by bringing honor to others. When you honor others, you honor God. Life-gives are into bringing honor to God. There are three points I want to talk about with honor.
I define honor as having both love and respect for someone. My Pastor, John Siebeling wrote a book called Momentum, which talks about the five life-giving principles from the Lord’s Prayer. The first four chapters talk about honor. In those chapters, he talks about how we need to honor three types of people. The first type is those that are above us, which includes bosses, leaders, and politicians. This does not condone immoral behavior, but love and respect. You can love and respect someone without condoning bad behavior. In this way, we are acting in a godly way by overlooking the sin that the person above us may be doing. By loving them and respecting them, we can cause a positive response from them. We do the same for the other two groups of people, the ones that are beside us, and those beneath us. In all truth, the ones that are under us are really beside us because we should treat everyone the same. In general, we should love and respect everyone that is on any level. When we honor people, we honor God.
The next point of honor is to honor ourselves. Love and respect yourself. The life-giver doesn’t give honor to just those around them, but they love and respect themselves. God wants us to love ourselves because like the other people around us, we are His creation. Who are we to complain about how God created us? Why not be happy with who you are and be positive about yourself? God does not want us to wallow in self-pity and think we are an abomination. You are worth something to this world and you have been created with a purpose to fulfill.
The last point and the most important point of honor, is to honor God. We honor God as I alluded to with the last two points. We honor God when we honor His creation. We also bring honor to God when we live out His plan, His dream for our lives. When we bring God glory and give Him the entire honor, He brings us glory. Favor is part of His glory He brings us. The last way we honor God is honoring the other parts of His creation, the earth, and all of the animal’s within it. Don’t get me wrong, I am not talking about not eating animal’s, I believe God put them here for us to eat if we choose to. I am talking about loving and respecting nature. We should not be so destructive of the earth and it’s resources. I think we would get more out of the earth if we were not so destructive in gathering it’s resources. I am no tree huger, my point is we can love and respect the earth and still garner it’s rich resources without being so destructive. The environment does not have to be ruined to make things and to get energy.
The three points of honor are to love and respect people, us, and God. Honor is one of the biggest things that bring freedom to be a life-giver. If you want true freedom, being a life-giver is one of the most awesome things you can do to your life and those that are in your world. True love always involves honor, so honor people, yourself, and most importantly, God.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.