One day the sons (the angels) of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and accuser) also came among them. [Rev: 12:10] Cheeky devil, eh? (Pun intended)
And the Lord said to Satan, From where did you come ? Then Satan answered the Lord, From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down on it.
And the Lord said to Satan, Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who [reverently] fears God and abstains from and shuns evil [because it is wrong]?
Then Satan answered the Lord, Does Job [reverently] fear God for nothing?
Have you not put a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have conferred prosperity and happiness upon him in the work of his hands and his possessions have increased in the land.
But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has, and he will curse You to Your face.
And the Lord said to Satan, Behold all that he has in your power, only upon the man himself put not forth your hand. [Job 1 6:12] The Everyday Life Bible Amplified Version Featuring Notes and Commentary by Joyce Meyer.
In other words, God said, go ahead, test Job, but don’t kill him.
Now, I was no Job, at least not for two-thirds of my life, even though, or because I was raised a Catholic, but twenty years ago, when everything in my life fell apart or was torn away, I yelled out, “If you exist God, then give me a reason for living, otherwise take me home!”
And He did … though obviously He didn’t take me home or I wouldn’t be writing this now.
Though I did not have the words for what I now call Connecting the Dots … with The Respect Principle, there was a subtle change that happened inside and then many outward changes happened too.
During that time, I was led to read a Paulo Coelho book called “The Valkryies” that was about a woman who one day felt compelled to leave her marriage, job, and suburban lifestyle to roam … and she did … and as I have.
During that time, she was guided to study and to share what she was learning. Her basic needs were met and she shared her path with kindred spirits. My basic needs have always been met, and a few wants were given too, but it was only when I actually started reading the Bible, an amplified version made more user-friendly by Joyce Meyers comments, that I discovered Job’s story.
Now for those of you who don’t know as I did not for years, Satan went to work on Job and took the lives of his children, all of his wealth, destroyed his friendships, and turned his wife against him, but Job held fast and refused to condemn God for all that was happening to him because his faith was greater than all earthly things.
Finally, Satan was defeated by Job’s faith and God revelled in Job’s stoic faith and rewarded him double for his trouble. Double his previous wealth was given to him, new children were born and much favor shone on Job for the rest of his life.
For twenty years, I’ve been driven to roam as I watched much fall away in my life or was destroyed, including many relationships and my finances. Moving from place to place became more constant than being in one place. And the places I have lived and the jobs I have done for minimum wage have revealed the much darker side of Canadian life and what it is like to truly live in poverty in Canada.
Now a researcher or journalist could try to study or even experience what it is truly like to live marginalized, but when you know you have your salary, home, and lifestyle to return to in months or even a year’s time, that expectation and knowledge prevents one from truly experiencing the reality of not just physical poverty, but also the impoverished thinking that wreaks havoc on the impoverished.
Even when people have good intentions, without conscious effort, quite often one’s sub or unconscious beliefs reveal themselves when they interact with the impoverished. The resulting behavior, often not missed by those already stressed by their circumstances, often manifests itself in disrespectful acts and words during one exchange, but also inflicts repetitive damage that will keep many people feeling small, not valued or respected, and often weary, frustrated, resentful, and angry … either taking it out on themselves or other people, including by not rising up to fulfil their potential. Of course, there are the exceptions, but certainly, as demonstrated by the news, they are not the rule.
How and why is all this relevant to Job or David or Joseph in the Bible or people such as Jeremy Lin in our present times?
Because, I’ve finally learned, not just by study, but by experience also, that God will allow bad things to happen to people, but not more than he or she can bear, in order to use those experiences to bring about much good, as He is doing with my own life.
Am I perfect, by no means no, but I am greatly changed. I am more of what I was at age five … bold, courageous, inquisitive, driven to learn, very concerned for others, and was destined to be before life on this earth, without really believing in God or knowing what that truly meant, transformed me into more of a reflection of the enemy … mean, judgmental, unforgiving, miserly, disrespectful, distrustful, resentful, angry … than of God … joyful, accepting, forgiving, generous, kind, respectful, trustful, loving.
My work history before the past twenty years began provided me with the formal education and business experiences needed to support what He has called me to do as The Respect Specialist, whether as a consultant or as a for-profit social business venture entrepreneur, along with the informal research, studies, and experiences of the last twenty years.
What Connecting the Dots … with The Respect Principle can do for organizations, as well as, for families, relationships, and communities is provide a fresh perspective, plus the tools on how to address the age-old, common, limiting beliefs, practices, and problems that depress the organizational mindset and as a result, profitability, and can even result in violence as evidenced by our legal system and prison overload.
And no, the Connecting the Dots … with the Respect Principle is not religious or spiritual. On the contrary, the concept was born of the desire to find one idea that feasibly could be embraced by all people superseding all of our beliefs … religious, political, racial, etc. that can also become our prejudices. The concept is based on the modern-day religions of science and intellect, but is not as cold, because though logical and practical, the concept is also compassionate because by its very nature respect as a principle neutralizes our valuation of ourselves, other people, and life in general.
What I later discovered after the Connecting the Dots … with The Respect Principle concept is the idea is actually in the Bible too. Go figure, eh? More present-day proof that God will work things out for good … no matter what has gone on before … for me … and for you.
Driven to learn, observing, studying, and learning in a variety of environments, in diverse roles, and in unconventional ways enabled me to see what was needed and what could be done to make things better … for everyone.
Which is what has always been the biggest driver of my life … helping people … which I now know He put in my heart, along with equipping me with the mind and all the resources needed to do what I have been called to do.
Now, the question begged is, how can I, The Respect Specialist, help you, your organization, or your community transform for the better too?
Kaitlin Ann Trepanier, Connecting the Dots … The Respect Specialist
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July 19, 2016
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