As I child, I understood the concept of respect but didn’t know the actual word for word meaning. I thought that everybody understood what respect meant but, since working at New Beginnings, I realize how wrong I was! Some of the mothers who come into New Beginnings, view respect as, “You aren’t giving me what I want, and therefore, you are not respecting me!” My favorite false idea of respect is “I will respect you as long as you respect me and do as I want.” The two play hand in hand. I then realized just how blessed I was to have the strong Christian upbringing that I had along with the guidance of my parents who taught me to respect others.
So, what is respect? In the dictionary it has a few different meanings but I found two that really seem to nail down the definition.
This is the love and respect we give the mothers who come to us looking for a new beginning. We strive to help them accomplish their goals and grow closer to God through His Word. We help teach them what God has to say about respect for not only others but for themselves. I quickly found out that not everybody grew up being respected by others and therefore don’t know how to respect themselves as an adult. Through daily instruction in God’s Word, we learn together the love that He has for us, and how He sent His Son to die for us. What a blessed message to share with the mothers and their little ones!
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come to His people and redeemed them.
– Luke 1:6