Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Respect for Property

Seeing value in things can be difficult for so many people. In our world today the lack of respect for property and people is at an alarmingly high. It feels as if we only care about our “stuff'” other than looking at the bigger picture, others “stuff'” and having respect for even the smallest things you may never thought you needed to respect. Think of this. Your out shopping with your family, you have your hands full with your kids and groceries only to find, as you near your car, a grocery cart has hit the door. Your driving down the road and see a pile of trash on the side of the road, or someone is purposefully throwing trash out the window of the car. You see an elderly person walk into a room and no one offers their seat. Your kids have a play date, the children coming to play barge in and something gets broken or damaged. Your in the park and you see someone picking all the flowers or throwing their cigarette butts in the mulch. There are so many more examples to mention, but you get the point. People in general do not respect property or others as God commands us. Look in 1 Peter 2:17 (NIV) “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of receivers, fear God, honor the emperor” Showing respect to others is showing respect for God. Leviticus 19:32 (NIV) “Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.” My favorite verse Matthew 7:12 (NIV) “So In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets”
Thinking of these verses and others, God commands us to respect others and property. I fear we as parents are raising the next generation to have little or no respect for anyone or anything. We all have a “Moral Warehouse” quote from “Growing Kids Gods Way” make sure we fill it up. Give kids the reason why we don't do something. We should respect the shopping cart because it belongs to someone and the car it may or may not hit also belongs to someone. Throwing trash out the window is polluting Gods creation, people and animals are suffering because of this and it's not pleasant to the eye. God is a beautiful artist, if you will, His creation, the earth, is so beautiful. Why destroy that? If we're at someone's house with our kids, we should have our kids ask to go play with the toys and be respectful of that child's property. Offer your seat to an elderly person or open the door because its respectful and the right thing to do. Don't pick the flowers in the park, they are put there for everyone to enjoy. Don't throw your cigarette butts in the mulch, it can cause a fire and someone has to pick those up. If we don't have respect for one's property, we have no respect for the property owner and more importantly no respect for God.
Things to Try
  • Identify areas that you may not be respecting property, and learn how you can change.
Conversation Starters
  • Am I truly being respectful?
  • Have I done this or something like it before?

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