Thursday, February 28, 2013
RESPECT: The condition of esteeming another. ESTEEMED: To regard highly or favorably; to admire, to perceive the value, the excellence within a person. “I have great respect for her style of communication.” Respect is a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected. It is good to examine WHY you respect God, your parents, or the person you most admire. Specific ethics of respect are of fundamental importance to various cultures. The Jewish people respect their traditions and they respect the absolute and legitimate authority of God. Respect should not be confused with tolerance. A positive feeling is not always associated with tolerance. The opposite of respect is contempt. As a young girl I wanted to be like my Marlo Thomas in THAT GIRL. The character she played inspired me to be of humble service, to encourage others, to think positively and the best about every person I meet. What was it that I respected THAT GIRL for? Her character was honest, and light hearted. THAT GIRL gained my respect not for what she accomplished for me, or for the career she held, but by her EXAMPLE of delight in each circumstance. THAT GIRL was a positive role model for a little girl who wanted to make a positive impact in her little world, regardless of her invisible position within a dysfunctional family. As a child exposed to the thinking and ways of my GOD through the movie THAT GIRL, my heavenly Father infused His will, His mercy, and His kindness. Like Marlo, I choose to LOOK UP and SHOUT PRAISE TO GOD for bringing me my husband Michael Hoyle, a man I respect and easily admire. Mike's delight in pleasing God and bringing Him glory is worthy of my respect and easy esteem.