I wanted to be the parent with the perfect kids with perfect manners. Obviously since there is no such thing as perfect, I will settle for almost so. I am a stickler for manners. I am grateful for my parents, grandparents and countless aunts and uncles who put me in my place right away when I was acting a fool. And if you can’t admit at our age that we acted like idiots at some point or other, then you my friend are still in denial.
One of the biggest things I have been taught is on respect. Go ahead, you can sing it a few times out loud to get it out of your system. But you show respect for your parents, grandparents, and all of your family members. You are better than no one else. If you have more than another, that does nothing for your “status.” If you have less, the same applies. However, if you listen to the words of the world your worldly possessions are what make you who you are. Sorry to disappoint you, but that is not the case. And believe it or not, you are not respecting yourself or your family if you hold yourself to man’s standards.
All these little boys and girls who want to grow up to be policemen and firefighters learn that you respect these people and you will be respected. You will be admired and people will appreciate you and be grateful for the sacrifice you give on a daily basis.
Sadly, in today’s world this is not the case. And it should be. It’s a sad day when those who risk their lives daily for strangers are treated so awful. They risk not going back to their families every single day to work to keep the streets safe for you and I. And how are they received? Disrespect and ungratefulness. They need our prayers and support. Remember who comes to your aid in the emergencies. If we didn’t have them there would be even worse consequences. Step up. Support them. As they teach us in church, you are called to stand for what is right, even if it means standing alone.