‘…be courteous…that you may inherit a blessing.’ 1 Peter 3:8-9
Common courtesy is becoming less common every day. And that’s not good, because the Bible says, ‘…be courteous…that you may inherit a blessing.’ Sometimes we’re not sure how to go about pleasing God. Preachers have made it complicated: a series of long-drawn-out, deeply painful acts designed to appease a God who delights in making us squirm. The prophet Micah simplifies it: ‘…what does the Lord require of you…to love kindness…’ (Micah 6:8 NAS). Could language be clearer? Here are ten ‘not-so-common’ courtesies you should work on every day, and teach your children. After all, if they don’t learn common courtesy from you, where are they going to learn it?
1) Go out of your way to speak to people. ‘Pleasant words are…healing…’ (Proverbs 16:24 NIV)
2) Try to remember their names – it shows you value them
3) Smile; it increases your ‘face value’
4) Be friendly and helpful. If you do, people will return it
5) Show genuine interest. You can find something good in almost anybody, if you try (Philippians 4:8)
6) Be generous with your praise and cautious with your criticism
7) Be slow to judge. There are three sides to every story – your side, their side, and the right side.
8) Instead of ‘using’ others, serve them: ‘…by love serve one another’ (Galatians 5:13)
9) Start trusting people – it builds lasting relationships
10) Be humble. Oswald Chambers said, ‘When a saint becomes conscious of being a saint, something has gone wrong.’
Courtesy does two things:
a) it speaks well of your heavenly Father. Jesus said, ‘let your light shine before men, that they may…praise your Father…’ (Matthew 5:16 NIV)
b) it determines your level of blessing. ‘…be courteous …that you may inherit a blessing.’
I have just spent the better part of the evening making dinner for the family, making sure the ‘utensils’ (can’t remember when I last used that word 🙂 ) were clean…the family has since eaten, thankfully they’re not slumped in their seats picking at their teeth…vividly satisfied. They said thank you, which is what counts in my books. My hands are dry from all that washing, I’m grateful to the help for giving me a hand the whole time I was darting between pans, trying not to overcook or burn any of the dishes.
With that said, I have a healthy respect for chefs out in the different kitchens around the world…coming up with a worthy menu every single meal time isn’t a simple task 🙂
good night my friend,
till next time,
easy does it 🙂