Love, Honor and Respect
By Mavis Tipton
When I was a child I loved the month of February, for several reasons.
January seemed like the longest month of the year. We didn’t have any days off from school, it was winter and we had to stay in most of the time for recess. It just seemed like January went on forever.
Then came February, the shortest month of the year and two days off from school and one day for a party…yay!
You see, back in the dark ages when I went to school we celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and George Washington’s birthday, and in-between the two we celebrated Valentine day.
Even though as children we were excited about our days off, our teachers made sure we knew why we were observing those two days as national holidays.
We were taught that great men and women served our country and helped to form it into the powerful great nation that it is today.
We learned they made sacrifices and took a stand for what they believed in, because they loved, honored and respected their country. They were proud to be called Americans.
We were taught to love, honor and respect these great men and women.
As we shared our new found knowledge with our parents, we learned that we had family members who also sacrificed all they had and even their lives to help defend a country that gave us the freedom we cherished.
In-between those two great president's birthdays we celebrated Valentine day. We had a party and couldn’t wait to see who gave us Valentine cards.
We were asked to gave a card to each student, even if we didn’t really care for someone we still gave them a card on that special day, because it was a day of caring.
The things we were taught all came from biblical principles. We were taught to loved each other, and we had to say “sorry” when we were wrong or hurt someone.
We honored and respected our elders, and if we didn’t want to get a spanking (yep that’s right a spanking) when we got home, we didn’t sass our teachers.
The Bible has specific scriptures about love, honor and respect. It saddens me when I see those three things lacking in our world today.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength.”
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and
honor and power; for You created all things,
and by Your will they exist and were created.”
“In that day a man will look to his Maker,
and his eyes will have respect for the
Holy One of Israel.”
As we celebrate Valentine Day and Presidents Day may we be reminded to Love, Honor and Respect those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom…beginning with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
And when those days have passed by, lets not put those virtues back on the shelf, instead lets exercise them all year. Together take a stand, and make a difference. May the light of Jesus Christ that resides within you shine brightly.