One thing I love to do is honor people. It brings me joy to see people honored for the way they serve, lead, and pour-out. Yet, something happened to me recently that caught me off guard. I was on the other side of being honored. As our church recently sent out a new church-plant, the pastor being sent out decided to honor me with one of my favorite pairs of shoes. The thing that was convicting was that he did this on the day we were honoring him and his family!
I was surprised by the act of generosity, and at the same time I was able to see Romans 12:10 lived out, which says: “Outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:10b ESV) The phrase outdo means: “to go beyond in action.” (Websters Dictionary) This expression implies a sense of competition, however, this competition has less to do with defeating our neighbor and more to do with lifting them up! When a person is honored, not only do they feel empowered, but the person doing the honoring also feels built up. So, let me ask you. What would your world begin to look like if you started to make “outdo one another in showing honor” a practice in your life?