If you honor Honor, in time it will shape your thinking, your attitude and behavior. If you are waiting for that magic moment in time, where you will be able to show “honor” to someone in a really big way, . . . in public, . . . for all to see and take notice of . . . you are missing the point. You don’t have to take a bullet for someone in order to show honor. Honor is not proud. On the contrary, it embraces humility and looks for opportunities to make others look good. It is not self-centered, but rather other focused.
Developing a Culture of Honor
To develop a culture of honor in your own heart, focus on looking for small opportunities to show honor others. For example, opening a door for someone when walking into the local convenience store, or purposefully allowing someone to cut in front of you in traffic when there is a long line. It might even be parking in the back of the parking lot so that someone else can have a closer spot . . . when it rains. Honor builds people up, it does not insult. Honor encourages people, it does not embrace sarcasm. It is purposeful and looks for these opportunities, it does not happen across them. It’s the small acts of honor that will change a life, namely yours.
Honor Influences People
For the last several months, I have made it a point to open the door for others when walking into my local convenience store on my way to work. To a person, every time I did so, it either brought a smile to their face, or a “Thank you” from their lips. This practice of honoring others developed in other areas of my life as well. Honor now governs my life. It has shaped my thinking, my attitude and behavior. Now that a culture of honor has been developed within my heart, not only do I maintain that culture, but I now look to develop that culture of honor to those within my influence, . . . even to the people who make my breakfast at my local convenience store on my way to work.
Serving Others Honors The Lord
Serving is a natural bi-product of honor. When one serves others as an expression of love, this in turn, shows honor to God. Each act of service brings honor to God, from the smallest act of service, to great sacrifices that are made on behalf of others. He sees them all and does not overlook even the smallest act of kindness. The Lord can smell honor a mile away. It’s an aroma to the Lord, and just like a son who honors his father, your heavenly father is so proud of those who choose to make honor a way of living.