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Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Communication | 5 comments

What does Honor look like today?

What does Honor look like today?

A friend of mine shared an experience with me.  She had been invited to a dinner party with a group of professional athletes.  At some point during the dinner, she needed to excuse herself from the table.  When she stood up, she froze, perplexed by what was happening.  Every man at the table had just stood up with her.  It took my friend a moment to realize that these men had adopted in their social circle a practice of honor that has long since been abandoned by many, to stand when a lady enters or leaves the room.

My first reaction to this story was to roll my eyes.  Where do these guys get off bringing back some ancient custom?  Was it just a ploy to be different?  It was weird.  But then I thought, this custom came from a time period in history when society was so determined to honor people, that they adopted a code of conduct to express it.  These gentlemen were simply instituting a simple practice in their circle to uphold the same value.  What if our entire society became so committed to honor one another that we adopted a code of behavior that reflected that commitment?

Then again, outward expressions of honor are pointless unless they stem from a genuine heart that places value on other people.

So what does honor look like today?

Honor starts in the heart.  We can stand up when a lady leaves the room.  We can address elders with titles of respect.  We can hold the door open.  But none of it means a hill of beans if our heart isn’t postured right.  Honor means to value.  Dishonor means to treat as common. True honor begins with a decision to value someone more than yourself.  Don’t put the cart before the horse.  Develop honor in your heart.  The code of conduct will follow.

Honor is expressed in actions.  A heart that truly values another person will always drive you to action.  Once you’ve put someone else first, actions follow.  It’s more than just customs and conduct.  It’s determining to let the honor you’ve cultivated in your heart express itself.  Here are some examples of actions that honor may have you take in different relationships:

  • Spouse – Writing a note to show appreciation for how they handled something.
  • Boss – Looking for ways to help make their job as a leader easier.
  • Pastor – Showing up to Church on-time, ready to soak in every word.
  • Friend – Taking time to understand what they’re going through.
  • Politician – Saying a prayer that God will help them lead.
  • Parent – Asking and weighing their advice in a difficult decision.

Just a thought, what if we rebuilt honor in to our society?  What would it look like?  Would it benefit us?  What do you think?

 

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Generational | 2 comments

The key to lasting success: Think MULTI-GENERATIONAL

The key to lasting success: Think MULTI-GENERATIONAL

 

We’ve created a culture that celebrates the success of the individual.  We exalt the image of a “self-made” man and write off the contributions of others as “trust-fund babies” who had everything delivered to them on a silver platter.  The truth, though, is that the challenges that face us are too big for one generation.  While we may set in motion great solutions for the future, it will be up to future generations to finish the work.  And, we’re going to have to rely on the experience of previous generations as we develop our solutions.  A more prosperous future won’t be the result of one generation rising to the challenge, but many generations coming together, building one on the other.

This is true for us as individuals as well.  I’ve personally spent too many years trying to build a great future for my wife and kids on my own.  I’m discovering that my success doesn’t begin and end with my contribution.  What’s really important is my ability to receive from others, build on it, and to pass along what I’ve learned to those who come after me.  In the big picture, the relationship between generations becomes the key building block for the future.

When we see things that way, we automatically elevate our starting platform beyond our own abilities.  Our potential is significantly increased just because of a change in perspective.  What valuable relationships are around you?  What if their accomplishments were not a threat to your success but a compliment?  What if you could build on what they’ve learned and achieve things they never dreamed of?  That’s the power of honor!

It’s anti-thesis is quite ridiculous:  What if every generation learned every lesson for themselves? What if we never passed along successes or failures from one generation to the other?  Society would never advance.  It would reset itself every 70 years or so!   It’s the same with you.  The first step toward receiving the blessing of honor is a perspective change.  See your life as an extension of generations that have preceded you.  Build on their success.  Learn from their failures.  Discover a future far brighter than you or they could have imagined.

How would a multi-generational perspective enhance your world-view?

 

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