One thing that I really hate about the current climate in our society is the disrespect. There are two factors that play into my attitude here. First is my personal history, before I became a follower of Christ. I loved putting others down, especially if it got a laugh. To be honest, I still have a cynical bent that makes that type of disrespect an easy temptation. The second factor is, seeing the harm that put-downs and a general lack of respect cause people. Homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods and communities all feel the effects. The practical council Paul gives us in chapter 5 of his letter to Timothy is perfectly applied here. “Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. 2 Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.” 1 Timothy 5:1-2 (NLT) This mindset is one that, if we practiced it, could transform our culture by preserving people’s dignity and bolstering respect. Here’s the thing, it can start right now with you and me. We can deliberately choose to view and treat others as if they were family that we care about. We can choose to treat others with respect even when they blow it and are wrong and don’t deserve it. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t confront people when they are out of line, it simply means confronting them with an attitude of humility and respect. The good news is, there are tons of opportunities to take advantage of this!