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Monday, August 30, 2010 @ 6:00:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

"You can determine the level of honor in an organization by how the janitor is treated." This is a phrase that I have heard several times from my friend, Paul Manwaring, of Bethel Church in Redding.

In my previous blog, "What Makes a Team Successful" I mentioned several attributes of a successful team including honoring one another. Learning to honor one another is a key both in business and in our personal lives though honoring is a lost art in our society and is misunderstood at best.

Dishonor is the rule of the day. For example, we no longer honor those in authority. When a new President is elected those opposed spend the next 4 years trying to prove he is inept. Another example is how we dishonor seniors and elderly. We are a youth oriented society elevating the young and assuming that the elderly don't have much to offer.

Part of the problem is a lack of understanding of true honor. When asked, many would respond that honor is (1) holding yourself to a personal code and following it. (2) Doing the right thing. (3) Being polite or nice – not jabbing others. (4) Requiring honor from another, i.e. honor me, submit to me. These definitions miss the mark.

A dictionary definition of true honor is: to glory in and to promote another; to elevate another's status; to give prestige to somebody; great respect and admiration for someone else. In the book of Philippians Paul provides an excellent definition of honor:

"Don't push your way to the front; don't sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don't be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand." (Philippians 2:3-4, Message translation)

Back to the janitor. Do I have respect and admiration for those around me regardless of their position in society? Not always!! More on this topic next week.
Comments
Good thoughts. I would live to see the culture of honor spread in this county. To many years of dishonor has become a habit for the people here. There is no trust between people so honor is hard, but they rob themselves the joy of relationships and even simple smiles and nods.
keli @ 7:24:00 PM 9/5/2010
Thanks for the encouraging words today :) Since we were on the topic of writing and sharing of who we really are,.. I just wanted to comment on your definition of honor: I like it :) And yes,.. it's true... the person standing on the mountain top did not get there by falling. We have to climb to where we want to go--and we cannot get there by climbing over others. It is about climbing with others, side by side, and even pulling some others up with you. If we're willing to do that,.. we'll get to that high place, and others will be happy that we're there --which is what will keep us there!
Dawn @ 4:24:00 PM 9/9/2010

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