5 Respect-Full Behaviors For Sacramental Entrepreneurs

5 Respect-Full Behaviors For Sacramental Entrepreneurs

Respect has been our entrée the last few posts.  Partly because it occupies the #2 slot in FiveTwo's values.  Mainly because respect opens the door to deep, long relationships. And divinely, because it lives out Jesus’ command to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Wow, a trifecta!  

What makes this value so invaluable for sacramental entrepreneurs is that when you go to start something, you’re going to need people to join you in your cause.  If you’ll approach your case with a sincere respect for all, from a posture that is beneath all resulting in talking up to people, as people of more worth than you, you’ll discover that posture is very Jesus-like and actually, refreshing and attractive.

So what does this look like in practice?  Here are five behaviors that say, “I respect you.”  

The Big Five

1.  I’ll trust you before you prove trustworthyYou don’t have to jump through a hoop before I’ll trust you.  This might cost me some pain, I might get taken, but ultimately I don’t have anything to lose and more than likely, it will open the door on incredibly gifted people God brings into my life, helping carry the burden of whatever I’m starting.

2.  I'll ask questions about your life rather than just tell you about mine.  If you get good at this, you’ll discover you know a lot about people.  Which will help you understand why they feel the way they feel.  Which will allow you to see their side, not in order to convince you but in order to compassion you.  It will stop you from being so judgmental.  When I truly want to know your story, when I listen to the nuances of your story, that’s a huge sign of respect.

3.  I'll embrace your values that don't conflict with my core valuesAnd my core values should be pretty few.  Like my family and Jesus.  But how I worship Jesus, whether I read about Jesus in the NIV or ESV, if I like Indian food or not, basically most of my preferences in life, if I respect you, I’ll adopt your preferences.  Why not?  What’s it going to hurt me?  Shouldn’t the question be how’s it going to help you?

4.  I'll learn your languageWhich means I won’t make you learn my language: I’ll learn your language.  I'll communicate in your language.  I'll translate my theology into your language.  I’ll learn to love your music, share your dress, embrace your customs, laugh at your jokes, not in a fake way.  In a real way, because I respect you.  I truly love you.

5.  I'll let you belong before you believeThis one’s huge for us in the Church.  We’ve forgotten what it’s like to not belong.  If I respect you, I’ll invite you into my life, welcome you into my home, into my groups, into my activities so that you experience community that says “You’re loved.”  I don’t keep you on the outside, looking in.  Rather I invite you to walk with me in the same direction, following Jesus, even when you aren’t sure who this Jesus is.  Because if I invite you into relationship and community with other Jesus followers, there’s a really good chance before you know it, you’ll believe it because you’ll have belonged it.

What’s your posture?  What’s your position?  Are you talking up to someone or down to someone?  Respect for All means I’m always beneath you.  You’re always above me.  No matter your vocation, your role, your status or lack thereof.  You’re a child of God, designed by God, redeemed by God.  You’re worthy of all of my respect.  

Which should definitely live itself out in my behaviors.

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