By Zaresh Adnan
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves – Romans 12:10
There is no job on the face of this earth that you can call easy. Every job has its own challenges, stress and rivalry. It is absolutely insulting to say that someone has an easy job. From being a house wife, a full time mom, to being a sweeper in an office, a banker, a teacher, baker, waiter, a singer, a driver, a religious leader, policeman, politician, etc. Each person is to be honored for what they do. Honor for one another is a major characteristic that I feel is missing in our culture today. Its habitual to assume how easy someone’s life is without really knowing who they are.
One may say, it is easy to sit within the four walls of an air-conditioned office and work, but the truth of the matter is that no job can be labeled easy. These so-called air-conditioned offices can be dealing with the most crucial and stressful work that one can imagine. The most unfortunate reality of the system is that the people who work the hardest get the lowest salaries or no salaries at all. When I look at the trash man or a laborer in a construction company working his sweat off with a minimum sum of money, it breaks my heart to see how much we dishonor the hard workers. You can see traces of the severity of one’s job sculpted on the palms of their hand. We all know for a fact that we live in a brutal world, but most of us don’t have the same cold hearts. Always honor another person for what they do. If you assume that someone’s life is easy just because you don’t see their struggles then I am sure that you don’t know them well enough.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We all meet different challenges in life and we have to make it through them. We all are learning to survive each day. There are no shortcuts here; the things you have to go through are the things that you have to go through. And, most of the time you have to go through the toughest situations alone!
Being a good-hearted human being, the least we can do is to acknowledge the struggles of other people and buck them up in love and compassion.
1 John 5:19
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
The least we can do is stop to feed a hardworking worker. The least we can do is give our mothers some rest and kiss her hands that cooked and washed tirelessly for us all these years. The least we can do is be nice to one another on the streets and in offices. The least we can do is to be loving and considerate to one another. Notice the hard work of others and if possible reward them with a compliment, a thank you or even a little token of love. This world is starving for love and appreciation. Stop to encourage a fellow brother because we are all in this together, fighting the same kind of struggles, living through the same kind of battles. Don’t underestimate the pain others go through just because you do not see them.
1 John 4:4
Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
God did not intend for us to be one against another person. The battle is between us, and the cruelty of this world. We need to come together as brothers and sisters (no matter what backgrounds). Honor one another and you will put a smile on God’s face. He loves to see His creation love one another. The common enemy is the world. We were not created for the world’s system, this world was created for us. We cannot expect the world to be nice to us, but we can be nice to each other as one big family. We need to learn to live on this earth like big “heart-ed” ambassadors who feel no shame to encourage and love one another. SPREAD LOVE AND HONOR!
1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.