February 4, 2009
Taking Those You Love For Granted
We tend to take for granted those we are closest to. It was Jesus who said “Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” If we’re not careful, the family can be a place where people take each other for granted. The phrase, “Familiarity breeds contempt” says the same thing.
We believe that the solution to this dilemma is to continually grow in honor. Honor treats people as special and looks for ways to value others.
One day a man came home and found his house a disaster. The kids were still in their pajamas outside playing in the mud. Empty food boxes and wrappers littered the house. Dishes were on the counter, dog food was all over the floor and a broken glass lay under the table. Toys and clothes cluttered the playroom and a lamp was lying on its side. He headed up the stairs, stepping over toys, looking for his wife. He was worried that she was sick, or that something worse might have happened. He found her in the bedroom, still in bed with her pajamas on, reading a book. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked, “How was your day?”
“What in the world happened here today?”
She again smiled and answered, “You know everyday when you come home from work and ask me what I did today?”
“Yes. . . ?”
“Well, today I didn’t do it!”
Take a moment and consider who in your family you’ve been taking for granted. Give a little time to show honor.
This tip about honor comes from the book, Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Bad Attitudes, In You and Your Kids by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller RN, BSN.