“Please” and “thank you,” “I’m sorry” and “you’re welcome” are common phrases that we teach children. Spoken from a sincere heart, these simple words have great power to build trusting relationships. How often do these words come from our lips throughout the day? Too often, we can begin to presume that we are owed the service of others, that they should simply know what we want, that we don’t need to express appreciation for little things, or that they should simply understand when we are distracted or irritable. Common courtesy is often uncommon today.
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.—Romans 12:10
Prayer: Father God, may we treat others with respect and courtesy, valuing them as You value us. Especially, let us not overlook those most familiar to us and the power of simple words to make a difference in another person’s life. May our words and attitudes honor others and build trust with them. In Jesus name, amen.