Respect others by counting the blessings

Respect is love in plain clothes– Frankie Byrne

 When others respect you, it is not because you possess some virtues. It is because of their generosity, their greatness. If you say God is great, it makes you great. God is already great,your saying so does not affect God. When you respect someone, it only shows your own magnanimity. However many people you do not respect in the world, that much less is your wealth. If you respect everyone in the world, that much more is your value. Wise is the one who respects everyone. (From the Book, Celebrating Silence.)

Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christian brothers, and be eager to show respect for one another. (The Bible, Romans 12:9). 

A German atheist was crossing the Sahara desert with a Muslim friend. The friend never failed to kneel on the burning sand five times to say his prayers. One evening as they were taking rest, the atheist asked, “How do you know there is a God?”The Muslim friend stared at him for a moment and then said, “How did I know that a camel and not a man passed last night?” The atheist said, “There is a clear print of camel hoofs in the sand.”The Muslim friend then pointing at the sun whose last rays were fading over the horizon, said, “That footprint is not of man.”

You have set the earth firmly on its foundations, and it will never be moved. You placed the ocean over it like a robe, and the water covered the mountains. When you rebuked the waters, they fled; they rushed away when they heard your shout of command. They flowed over the mountains and into the valleys, to the place you had made for them. You set a boundary they can never pass, to keep them from covering the earth again. You make springs flow in the valleys, and rivers run between the hills. They provide water for the wild animals; there the wild donkeys quench their thirst. In the trees nearby, the birds make their nests and sing. From the sky you send rain on the hills, and the earth is filled with your blessings. You make grass grow for the cattle and plants for man to use, so that he can grow his crops and produce wine to make him happy, olive-oil to make him cheerful, and bread to give him strength.  (The Bible, Psalms 104:5)


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