I watched Joel Osteen's ministry yesterday on television. If you are unfamiliar with his work, he is a pastor for the largest U.S. congregation at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He is also a bestselling author.
Joel mostly speaks about the work we do as humans for God and each other. If you haven't had the chance to listen to him, I highly recommend you do. Even if you are not religious, his ministries are inspiring.
I was so touched by yesterday's service I couldn't help but to share it with you. Joel talked about a simple, yet, complex word.... honor.
Honor. One word holding a spectrum of colorful waves in the decadence of its simplicity and meaning. People who give honor are quite humble as they bestow this gift onto others. To give honor is to be honorable.
When we bequeath honor upon others, God enables all of the glory of our dreams and passions to come to full circle. By giving away honor, He rewards us with success, love and the freedom of our dreams coming true to only grow bigger.
It's easy to give away honor. You can call your mom and tell her how proud you are of the woman she has become and caregiver she has been all of these years. If you have a coworker who has done a good job at the office or is always on time, you can tell him/her how much you admire their dedication. The next time you go to the grocery store, look for your favorite cashier and get in their line. Tell them how nice they are and how much they make your shopping more enjoyable.
By making others feel good about themselves, we are acting in God's light. We are showing Him how we honor His existence by loving our friends, neighbors and family members. He delights in our work for Him and rewards us immensely for doing so.
Raise your family members and spouses up. Tell them how much you appreciate and love them. Express a wave of compliments and be stingy with your complaints. I know how hard it is to deal with certain members of the family. Just the other day, during our Thanksgiving celebration, I was telling my mom how much I disliked one of our family members. He's not in our close unit but I see him enough to sum up my own regards toward him. He can be quite moody and mean, often taking his ailments out on others.
After I watched Joel Osteen's ministry yesterday, my heart grew heavy with guilt. Even though I may dislike this person, I should not put negative energy out there, especially when it comes to my own family. Instead, I should honor each and everyone of them by saying something kind, as hard as this may be at times. To be honorable is to give honor. And when we award others with honor, the sky is the limit as God takes delight in His children's work.
I already believe God is rewarding me. My children's book is still on Amazon's top 100 Kindle books for Children's Fiction and Imagination. It might not be a bestseller and who knows, it may never sail to its final destination. But for my book to be able to sail into the hearts of some unknown shores, I am pleased with God's favors.
Be kind my dear friends, family and fellow authors. It's free to give honor away. The incredible feelings and accolades your life surmounts to will be astounding.
Have you ever listened to Joel Osteen or read one of his books? What are your thoughts about giving honor to someone else?