I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about Respect. I do believe that is what’s missing in today’s society. I know at least one of my blogging friends (Steve) agrees with me. Many children (and adults) have little or no respect. They have no respect for things that don’t belong to them. They have no respect for the environment. They have no respect for other people. They have no respect for authority and they have no respect for God.
Yesterday I was listening to “Focus on the Family” which is a radio show that addresses issues in the world today. It is more than a radio show but that is where I hear it. The subject just happened to be “respect” and more specifically: ”respect for authority.” They also went on to say that the greatest respect for authority that is missing is the respect for God’s authority. People who have a deep respect for God’s ultimate authority also respect other forms of authority. And once you respect authority you also learn respect for other people and other things in this world.
So today I am thankful that I have respect for authority. I respect God. I respect the environment. I respect other people and other people’s belongings and I respect life itself.
I am thankful for my family being very respectful just like I am. I could write a big list here but I will just say that they do more for others and this planet than anyone I know. Way to go family.
I am thankful that I have gained the strength to speak out more freely on these issues. I try not to start arguments but I refuse to stand by and let people talk down what I believe in. They may not agree with me but they will have to respect my opinion.
I am thankful for our military men and women who fight for freedom every day. Even though they may not agree with the cause, they respect the authority of the ones giving the orders.
I am thankful for the courage to do what is right in this world even if it means being ridiculed by some. In doing so, I have gained the respect of many people.
Ironically, while I was writing this post, my wife called me to tell me that the hunters were back. This has been a continuing issue where we live. Every year this particular group of hunters comes out to our area to go deer hunting. For those who don’t know it, here in the south they often use dogs to deer hunt. They turn the dogs loose and the dogs chase the deer out of the woods where they are shot by the hunters. That part is legal but there are several issues.
The property where they are legally hunting is very small. So they turn the dogs loose and the dogs go where ever they want. They chase deer through people’s yards, the dogs then chase people’s cats and small dogs. The dogs also kill livestock like chickens and ducks. All the while this group of hunters are hunting on the road, dangerously close to houses (which is illegal) and drinking beer and alcohol to boot (which is illegal). They even on occasion shoot deer right in someone’s front yard. (illegal again) They simply don’t care.
At the end of the day, the dogs are left to fend for themselves for several days until the owners retrieve them. And at the end of the year, many of these dogs are turned lose for good and either starve to death or get hit by cars and die. I think this shows disrespect for everything mentioned above. God will surely punish them for their actions. I think God that we are not like that.
So what are you thankful for today? Please joins us for Thankful Thursday by signing up over at Truth for the Journey.
Have a great day,