Do My Actions Honor Others?


Honor. This little word has been flowing in and out of my life recently. I have heard sermons about it, read scriptures related to it, and God has been speaking to me about it.

I have opportunities every day to live a life that honors God and others... or doesn't.

Honor is one of those words we think we know, or we equate only to the 5th Commandment - Honor your father and mother. When we think of honor, we might think of honoring a war hero on Veterans Day.

But honor is so much more. It deserves a more thoughtful look. Honor carries weight, honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions.  Thinking about this recently, I challenged myself to sit back and think through my actions. Do they carry honor or not?

Do I live my life honestly, fairly, with integrity?  Do I treat my wife, my family, my boss, co-workers, and friends with honor? And if I don't treat them with honor, how can I honor God? How can God use me to honor people I don't have a relationship with? How can I be seen as different from the world's standards if I let honor pass me by? 

I had an opportunity recently to honor someone that I had no relationship with.  We had scheduled a meeting, that honestly, I didn't feel the need to have. I politely canceled the meeting but did not hear a reply back as to whether or not this person received the message of cancellation.  I had a choice -- not show up and hope they got the message, or honor them.

I chose the honor route, mainly because God has been speaking to me in this manner for several weeks.  As I left, what ended up being a 5-minute meeting confirming the cancellation, the person turned to me and said, "Thanks for honoring your commitment".

Life doesn't always work out that way, but I know that God will choose the right timing to honor us if we are faithful in honoring Him and His people, regardless of the circumstance.

How will you choose to honor someone this week?