Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Free Refills?

Not grateful for:

Flu bug that shows up on a day off.
Cold rainy to snowy days throughout spring break.
Dissension rearing its head, after a great team project.
Waiting for restoration.

Grateful for:

Kind words of thanks and encouragement.
Efforts of one to include and respect another.
A project well done.
Knowing restoration in on the way.

Some days I just need to say it like it is. There have been some great things happening in the last week. Wonderful, encouraging and exciting things. Then there have been other things that have been stressing me out and almost getting me down. I know that in the journey of life the downs and ups are not evenly distributed. To those downers I place you into God's hands today and I will leave them there. To those uplifting things, I will name them and speak thanks over them.

Sometimes, you just have to say things as they are and let go a little.
Sometimes, you need to make some room to be filled up by the bread that brings life.
Hold on to the bread.

John 10:10 (New International Version, ©2011)

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T...tell me what it means to you!

Three legged stool
I feel that respect is an attitude where in all circumstances, each person we interact with we honor and remember the "spark of uniqueness" in each one - and honor that spark in how they treated, spoken to, spoken of and interacted with. Respect calls us to the challenge of treating and interacting with everyone in a atmosphere of love, trust and respect. This is the three legged stool of relationships.

A Facebook friend of mine defines respect as:Reasonable Expectation Simple Pleasant Considerate Tolerance.... My rules in life 1. No expectations 2. No Pressure.
She challenged me to make my definition into an acrostic poem, so here's my attempt to make my thought into poetry of sorts. What is your definition of "respect"?

"The Three legged stool

There is a three legged stool we can't live without.
One leg is love, trust two and respect is three.
Without all three, relationships are impossible to be.
The spark of each life needs to connect and grow;
but only can happen when we sit,
face each other and on the three legged stool
and let all three legs show."

Trust, love and respect also are three legs that help our faith relationships to become more firmly established. The unique "spark" that is honored with living out respectful relationships was set by God. In treating each other well, we are showing our trust, love and respect for God as well.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. JOHN 15:5

All told, I really like how Aretha says it...