May 14 is National Decency Day–it’s a pretty cool thing that started last year, so it’s a really new one. Decency comes from decent which means to act in a way of honesty, goodwill towards others, kindness and respect. The person who started Decency Day last year set these goals for it: ABC.
A= Active Listening –not pretending to listen to people, focused listening
B= Better Understanding–taking the time to think of the other person’s view, respecting their opinion
C= Compassion–willingness to help others, being kind and considerate
There is a big difference between listening and really listening; a big difference between putting up with someone else and trying to understand them; a big difference between helping someone, and wanting to help someone. Christ set the perfect example for us–his love for people made him a servant to them, and he treated everyone with love, dignity and compassion.
Live a life of love. Love others just as Christ loved us. He gave himself for us—a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:2 (ERV)
“Do you understand what I did for you? 13 You call me ‘Teacher.’ And you call me ‘Lord.’ And this is right, because that is what I am. 14 I am your Lord and Teacher. But I washed your feet. So you also should wash each other’s feet. 15 I did this as an example for you. So you should serve each other just as I served you.
John 13:12-15 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Forgive me for thinking of myself most of the time. You have given me a servant heart–help me to know that and teach me how to serve others, to treat them with kindness and to want to help and listen. Amen.