In Ecclesiastes 9:15 it says, “But the city was saved by the wisdom of a poor man who was soon forgotten.” A powerful king surrounded a small village with his army and was ready to attack. Somehow (the Bible does not tell us how) this poor man had an idea to save the city and it worked!

But he was soon forgotten. How could the people forget the man who saved their lives? It seems unconscionable but it still happens today. In fact, I think it happens most in the Christian community. Over twenty years ago I wrote a book on leadership and in one chapter I talked about the importance of honoring those who are worthy of honor. I believed then and I still do now that we don’t honor nearly enough.

I think the reason is a faulty understanding of pride and humility. Somehow we think that if we honor someone then that will make them prideful. In actuality when you are honored it is humbling, it does not puff you up it makes you have gratitude. You recognize the many people who helped you along the way to your accomplishments. You are thankful not egotistical.

Hebrews 13:7 tells us, “Don’t forget about your leaders who taught you God’s message. Remember what kind of lives they lived and try to have faith like theirs.” Don’t forget to remember - to honor those worthy of honor. The word in the New Testament for honor means to value, respect or reverence.

Honor is first an attitude but to be complete it must become an act. There needs to be specific times when we honor those who have earned it. People like parents, spouses, pastors and leaders. The ones who have exhibited qualities like perseverance, faithfulness and godliness. People who have had great successes and accomplished much. Those who have made a huge difference in the lives of so many.

Too many times we wait far too long if we ever do honor someone. Usually it is at the end of their career or life. I was recently at a retirement banquet where honor was given. It was great to witness but it should not take until retirement to show honor. Giving someone an award or rewarding them with a special gift is the right thing to do. Showing appreciation and highlighting work well done does not need to be delayed for years.

Look for ways to honor those who are worthy of it. Establish processes for honoring people. There is much to honor if we intentionally observe. When you see people who have earned honor, don’t forget to remember them.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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