For believers in Christ who walk their faith, there is no need for Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE because “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor fee, there is neither male or female: for ye are all one in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 4:29).
The challenge for many of us believers though is we often struggle to walk the message of God and Christ in our daily lives because of old patterns, ways of thinking, disbelieving, etc. I know I do as someone who recently reclaimed my faith in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
I also know God re-entered my life through the door of my scientific-driven mind. He helped me to connect the dots intellectually with the idea of respect as a non-biased, non-prejudicial, non-religious, yet logical, practical plus compassionate tool and guide. Ironically, as he gave me this tool and guide to share with our scientific-driven world, yet during the process my own RESPECT LEVEL was raised, and continues to rise, in order for me to connect with my own spirituality … my personal connection to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
For me, the Bible is no longer a collection of stories about rules and punishment for failing, but about believing this world is a world of experience … and that when done in partnership with God is not lonely and depressing, but filled with relief, knowing that no matter what, we are never alone, and as we turn back to God for everything and do our part, so does he.
My life is nowhere near the vision he put in my heart years ago, but I am learning and learning to believe, that what he started in my heart, he will finish. In the meantime, my life does not yet appear to be a witness to all that God promises, but when I, others and God is ready, he will demonstrate through me what happens when one believes … and waits patiently for him to show a great victory. Remind yourself as I do, as God tells me to, think about Abraham and Sarah, David and Goliath, Daniel and the lions … Jesus and the Resurrection … remember with God anything really is possible.
In the meantime, there are many times I don’t love, or even treat others or myself Respect “fully” because I am still learning how … nonetheless, I have come a long way from where I’ve been … which is all he asks of me or you.
Christian or not, we do not know someone’s life story, what is in their heart, what has been done to them to make them act as they do … nor is it our right to judge and condemn … that is God’s only. As for us, we are all one in his eyes and what we do to others we do to ourselves … we are all connected, whether you consider the scientific knowledge we all have to live on this planet together or whether you accept God’s message of do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Either way, connecting the dots with respect or love, simply means, it is in our own best interest to strive ardently towards learning how to live and work together harmoniously … to use either, or both, The RESPECT PRINCIPLE tool and guide … or love. Anything less is self-annihilation, Christian or not.
Kaitlin (K.A.) Trepanier
Connecting the Dots … with The RESPECT PRINCIPLE
May 29, 2013
Galatians: 5:14 Thy shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.