Honour (Part 1)

If you check out Grammarist you might find a debate on the correct spelling of honour. We who live in the British colonies spell honour differently than our American fam. We also drive on opposite sides of the road and let’s not get started on the metric system! But mostly for today’s blog journey I hope to apply a play on words rather than poke fun at our differences.

And so, “honor is spelt with a you” is intended to remind us all that it starts with us, me and you.

Honour I think is a forgotten value.

I think we expect honour to be bestowed but rarely given. We hesitate to go first because it’s a high risk gesture, like a high-five that’s not returned and we’re left hanging (how many know how much that hurts?)

Primarily though I think honour is a forgotten value because we lack values. We struggle to identify value in those who don’t align with our ideas and by not recognising value, we then fail to honour. Just look at the polarisation of our political climate right now where honour is without doubt a missing value.

Consider the apostle Peter’s words: “Recognise the value of every person and continually show love to every believer. Live with reverence and holy awe of God. Honour your rulers.” 1 Peter 2:17 TPT

In the KJV the scripture reads “honour all men”.

Notice the wording in all men. The wording doesn’t leave any wiggle room. It’s not open to misinterpretation or misunderstanding; the context is clear, no space for alternative or preference.

Peter leaves for us an anthem, a lifesong:

Honour all man.

Love the brotherhood (and the sisterhood).

Fear God.

Honour the king.

We are going to explore honour as we go through this series, but first things first… Honor is spelt with a you!

Honour starts with me.

43 Still Isn’t Old

Today is my birthday (well actually it was yesterday but here we are). I started a blog titled 40 Isn’t Old with exactly the same opening line three years ago. Looking back it seemed fitting to repost the things I’ve learned and remain so incredibly grateful for.

Before we launch back into a post from the past we are launching a series next week on HONOUR. Without integrity and honour its been said, having everything means having nothing. So look out for this over the coming weeks!

And now, 40 Isn’t Old! 

Today is my birthday! It’s caused me to reminisce and reflect on things that really matter, searching for the finger prints of God in my past and on my future. I’m grateful for so many things, here are 40 of them.

Before we launch into them, a disclaimer:

  1. Some of these are intended to be funny
  2. None of these are intended to offend anyone
  3. No animals were hurt during the making of this blog
  4. There is always more to the story and there are so many individuals to be grateful for, too many to list, for that I am eternally grateful.

I’m grateful for (IGF) the Word of God, all forms of it, even the NIV.

IGF fairy floss, ‘cause it’s awesome even when you’re my age!

IGF troubled waters ‘cause God calms my storms

IGF the Parramatta Eels ‘cause losing builds character

IGF friends in ministry

IGF difficult people in ministry ‘cause they’re worth it

IGF my past, because God is the best of my past

IGF Chasing Light ‘cause that is where I find Him

IGF my wife because she represents the best of who I am

IGF my son, he is smarter than I will ever be (and good looking)

IGF my daughter, she is a fun bucket

IGF my family, they show me God

IGF new opportunities, ‘cause it shows the favour of God

IGF dark nights because they lead to brighter days

IGF finding God in my pain because that’s where He does His best work

IGF people who disagree, it forces me to find humility

IGF the opportunity to lead, it bids me to do greater

IGF John Ortberg, his ministry inspires me

IGF having parents that loved me, a brother who I miss terribly, a sister who cares, a twin who’s there and an extended family that matters

IGF Coke, it means I don’t have to drink Pepsi

IGF hope anchored in God, it means I have a promise that’s sure and secure

IGF Arabic culture, it means I will never go hungry

IGF not having all the answers, it causes me to trust God

IGF people who genuinely love me, it means I can be who I am and not focus on who I’m not

IGF people who find my jokes marginally funny and offer a ‘courtesy laugh’

IGF my in-laws who consider me their son

IGF door-to-door sales people, they give me a reason to sleep in on Saturday

IGF the Koorong store, it’s my happy place

IGF the touch of God, it sustains me

IGF the hand of God, it holds me

IGF the arm of God, it reaches me

IGF the voice of God, it comforts me

IGF the love of God, it changes me

IGF the mercy of God, it’s new every morning

IGF the Son of God, He saved me

IGF iPhone, it means I’m not typing this on a Samsung

IGF my church, it grows me

IGF The West Wing TV Series, it’s where I get my best lines from (I would vote for Josiah Bartlet)

IGF my sweetheart, who builds me, blesses me, inspires me and loves me – she amazes me

IGF a God who is big, a Saviour who saves, and a Spirit that comforts

Someone once said: “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”

My prayer is I never make that mistake.

Keep Chasing Light…
Nathan