To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.

We hear about respect in a wide variety of uses. We are taught to respect our elders. We pay our last respects. We respect the needs of others. We hear people demand respect and we say that people have lost our respect.

Perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can give anyone is to give them respect when they seem to have lost all dignity. We can lift them up from a low point in life beyond the capability of what they can do for themselves. They shouldn’t have to ask for it. Kind of like Aretha Franklin spelling out R-E-S-P-E-C-T, why not use today as a conscious practice of giving respect like this:
• Regard
• Everyone with
• Simple
• Positivity
• Establishing
• Confidence and
• Trust
If we do that with each and every person we encounter, especially if they seem to be undeserving of it, we will earn the respect of others, as well.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:40

Mark Mills, Chaplain / Director of Spirituality
Signature HealthCARE of Warren
2473 North Rd., NE
Warren, OH 44483


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