“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor others above yourselves.”
(Romans 12:10 NIV)
The word honor is often thought to be associated with respect and/or a high position in society. Maybe you’re thinking of a judge, or the president (touchy subject). Which are, for the most part, solid representations of how the concept of honor is perceived today. However, when you think of honor, the first thing that pops into your head most likely isn’t a cashier at the local Walmart or a sales rep selling running shoes.
The ideas of honor and love are inseparable. It’s pretty much impossible to genuinely respect someone without caring about them. The verse for this topic (Romans 12:10) directly connects complete devotion with the notion of honor. This level of unprecedented care displayed in this verse (and chapter) goes way above and beyond the common day-to-day use.
A funny example happened a few weeks ago, where I was walking into the music store where I take lessons for the drums. I’ve been taking lessons for a few weeks and it’s been going pretty great. As I walked towards the lesson-y area, my teacher saw me coming and, with a frazzled expression, said, “I’m sorry, I’ve completely blanked. What’s your name again?”
Placing someone’s opinions and value before your time is just as easy as sending a “hey!” to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while or waving at someone on their way to work as you pass while jogging. These little acts of kindness definitely make their way into the hearts of those we care about. And if Jesus could give his life for us to live ours, why waste the only chance we have?