Good for you! You probably took a moment this past weekend to recall and to give thanks for the sacrifice of someone. If you did, you did a very honorable thing.
I purposely made calls the other day to do just that. I said things like,
- “I am amazed at the sacrifice you made.”
- “Thank you for your service.”
- “Thank you for what you poured out of yourself for me.”
- “Thank you for being a good mentor and role model.”
Now, I want to re-honor. By re-honor I mean to continue to recognize the valuable assets I have because of someone’s effort or sacrifice. Restoration of honor is needed in our day.
The people or nations who don’t honor the great sacrifices of their predecessors are destined to repeat their predecessors’ greatest errors. Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States said, “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.”
Webster’s Dictionary defines honor (in verb form) as to regard or treat (someone) with admiration and respect: to regard or treat with honor. It further defines Honor (in noun form) as the characteristic of a good name and merited respect. Everyone wants to be respected. But, in today’s society giving honor (the verb form) has fallen to all time lows often displaced by self promotion.
First of all, revive honor as a quality of our own character by making necessary sacrifice and by delayed gratification. Revive honor as an act of acknowledging the sacrifice of the others. Whether by a mother, a father, grandparents, a mentor, a soldier, a veteran of war, a teacher; all of us are living in the benefit of someone’s sacrifice.
Honoring, in all forms is an act of deep choice. It is as much about making right choices as it is about dealing with the consequences of wrong choices. It places value, special regard and appreciation for the one who through vision, principle or conviction held to the honorable thing.
Honor affirms relationships. Honor builds trust. Honor opens hearts. Honor is a major theme of heaven. Crowns of achievement and nobility will be thrown down before the throne of the Lamb as the masses will shout,
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power…” (Rev. 4:9-11)
Honor is a reward Jesus receives for his great sacrifice. Worship is the purest form of honoring Him. The presence of God will always show up whenever and wherever Jesus is honored. Under open heavens we see that glory and power is tied to honor!
What we value, we behold; what we behold, we become.
Therefore, choose honor. Choose honor toward the Spirit of God in your worship. Choose honor in your relationships. Choose honor in your business and in your home! With favor, God will honor you in return.
I want to live like that!