A Closer Look At Respect
Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusivity, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. In Assembly, I shared a video of myself having a disagreement with…MYSELF! I teased, taunted, ridiculed and blamed myself – to which I retaliated in like manner. After a short time, I came to the realisation that being disrespectful is a terrible way to get along with each other. In fact, when we behave like that, it’s impossible to get along.
While the video was light-hearted, there was a deeper message I wanted to convey. That harmony occurs when there is evidence of respect which treats others in the way we ourselves want to be treated. It doesn’t have to be complicated or conditional. And often we don’t have to look too far. Opportunities can be right in front of us. To invite. To welcome. To include. To celebrate.
“When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble and give more honour to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
Table Talk: Imagine you are one of the instruments in an orchestra. Describe what you would be, and why. When you hear an orchestra or group of singers, what are some things they need to do so there is harmony? We are all different and unique, yet we have been created to make a sound which brings God pleasure. Think about the people you encounter. Who is someone you know from a different culture, that you could do something thoughtful for?