Respect: “a feeling or understanding that someone is important and should be treated in an appropriate way.”
While I was substituting for a few weeks in a kindergarten class, we would do a daily activity of spelling the “Happy Apples'” first name. The teacher would ask why the first letter was capitalized, and the students would reply, “because it is important!” The students name is important because the student as an individual is important.
You are important, your spouse, your kids, your friends and your enemies are important and worthy of respect. Why? Because we are all created in the image of God.
Our life has value because God gave us value – he placed us here for a specific purpose. Human life has value, but that is not what our western society teaches anymore. We are told to follow our heart and feelings wherever they lead and to do what makes us happy.
Society tells us that we are not important unless you are skinny, wealthy, flawless, famous, or have the “IT” product of the hour. If you don’t have what this world says you have, you are worthless. We live in a throw away culture – we throw away thinks when we don’t deem them desirable anymore, including human life.
Respect in the 21st century has become a word of the past, for most. In today’s culture, human life only holds superficial meaning – there is no value placed on human life anymore. This worlds disrespect and hardheartedness toward God is what takes away the true value of human life, because if God doesn’t exist than human life is of no more value than a rat or bird. And our lives would hold no purpose or real reason for us to even exist.
Luckily however, there is a God who holds you as his most prized possession and he place a yearning for acknowledgement of our worth in each of our hearts.
Respect your friends, enemies, neighbors strangers, and respect yourself because to God, humans are worth far more than rubies. We are his children, the apples of his eye and made in the holy image of Him.