What happened to Respect?
We traveled to the Dallas area to spend a few quiet days with family over the Labor Day weekend. As it turned out, we spent our time “laboring” to clean up the mess left by renters who chose to skip out on their lease and leave our home a total mess. We were greeted by broken ceiling fans, shredded carpet, a sink pulled off the wall, drinks spilled all over the carpets, and red marker drawings on the dining room walls; just to name a few of the disasters. We carried out broken furniture and putrid trash. I am trying to figure out how so many in the next generation missed out on learning respect.
My husband shared a story with me about learning to respect another person’s property. In his first pastorate, he borrowed a garden tiller from a neighbor. He returned it with dirt on the blades and wheels. The neighbor said “Pastor, let me give you some advice that will follow you through life. When you borrow something from someone, always return it in the same condition or better than when you borrowed it.” Wow! What a concept! My husband has never forgotten this wisdom and seeks to follow it carefully.
After countless trips to Home Depot, lots of elbow grease, shed tears and $$$ to replace stuff they trashed, the house was restored and ready for a family. I still believe “cleanliness is next to godliness.” I am praying the new renter will believe that also. Meanwhile, I plan to check out the car they drive. Someone told me to look inside; it will give an indication on how they keep house! Hmmm…..
Looking around, it is easy to see blatant disrespect for other people’s property. Respect is learned by example. It is time to get back to the basics!