Honor & Opportunities

As we start the New Year, I was sitting in church yesterday listening to my Pastor talk about living in Honor. He was speaking on honoring parents, authority and leaders. As I sat listening and taking notes it brought me back to a time when I did not honor any of those things.

Truth be told, I hated my parents, certainly didn't respect authority and where were there any leaders that I could look up to? Everyone in my life took me down a dark road and I trusted NO ONE! Now I look back at that time and smile because I am amazed at how far I have come. The one thing that sticks out to me and my journey to healing was learning to start by honoring myself.

We all have an opportunity to begin to change the things in our lives that don't fit anymore or feel wrong. We have choices to change things for more positive, uplifting and blessed moments. It starts with us BELIEVING that our life has purpose and that there is a higher power that can lead us to good things.

I read a blog from a young friend of mine who is going through a very hard time with a parent right now. I know this story all too well and it starts with such anger and disappointment in a parent who you were supposed to look up to and has let you down. I have been on that journey and there was a time when I hated my mom so much for the bad decisions she made in her life that were being passed down to me. I started going down that dark path, but thankfully something in my heart started changing and I started following a different path and little by little I learned to honor her and myself  in spite of the bad choices in her life.

It took years for all of this to happen, but I ended up taking care of her until her death in 2008 from Alzheimer's  and it was the best decision of my life. It showed my daughters (the next generation) how to love with compassion and honor in spite of certain circumstances. My pastor quoted something that makes perfect sense "respect is earned, honor is given." I didn't just erase all those hurts away as if it never happened. I learned to place them aside to do the right thing.

God honors those who honors themselves so don't waste this year doing the same bad things and not respecting yourself or other authorities. Make your life count!

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but(He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self control" 2 Timothy 1:7