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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Nov. 11, 2010 - Giving Honor

By William E. Richardson

In 1960, the Department of the Interior chose the site as the first National Historic Landmark. It’s a 100-foot-tall obelisk (shaped like the Washington Monument). It towers above you on the bluff as you drive past on I-29 outside Sioux City, Iowa.

The monument honors Sgt. Charles Floyd. He was part of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery. Mr. Floyd was the only member who didn’t survive the expedition’s long, treacherous trek. He died in the summer of 1804 from what may have been acute appendicitis.

His fellow soldiers left a wooden marker on the sergeant’s grave. It was later replaced with a stone marker. In 1900, work began on the obelisk. The memorial was completed in May 1901.

Historic monuments dot America’s landscape. They call attention to people of extraordinary accomplishments. The Bible takes honoring others a step further. It promotes giving accolades while those deserving them are still living.

The apostle Paul praised his co-workers in ministry throughout his writings. In Romans 13:7, he summed up his practice, saying to give honor to all who deserve it. In other locations, he names individuals we should honor. He mentions parents (Ephesians 6:1), political leaders (Romans 13:1), spouses (Ephesians 5:23-26) and fellow Christians (Romans 12:10).

It’s good to follow Paul’s example. Why not begin with family members and other Christians who’ve contributed to your life? Not sure how? Pray for ways to let them know you appreciate their influence.

Why not pray and plan today on the best words and actions to begin expressing your gratitude to those who’ve helped you? Eulogies, flowers and memorials are nice after someone’s gone. Honoring the person while they’re alive is better.

And if you know a veteran, make him or her the special recipient of your thanks today.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and author of the God’s Billboards newsletter.

 

 

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