The vital value of HONOR/RESPECT seems to have been lost in our culture today. Growing up my, my Dad made it clear that we would give honor and respect to our elders. My Dad taught us to say “yes sir” and “no sir”; “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am” to all adults. When we received a gift we were taught (required or we had to give it back) to say “thank you”. My Dad also had a certain skill set that made all of us kids want to do whatever he asked. So I taught that to our children. One day in middle school the teacher correct my daughter Ashley for saying “Yes Ma’am”. The teacher said, “Ashley, that really isn’t necessary, yes and no will be fine”. Ashley explained (with respect), “Thank you but you see that is my Dad’s rule and he enforces it, so I need to continue to say yes ma’am and no ma’am”. Of course, I loved it. I think it is a parent’s responsibility to teach their children to treat EVERYONE with dignity and respect. I would agree that sometimes a hard fast rule like that does not fit and yet I know of no other way to teach children how to respect people. I would agree that sometimes a hard fast rule like that does not fit and yet I know of no other way to teach children how to respect people and if you don’t like my plan- no big- I hope you have a plan of your own that will work.
This past Sunday at Lead Now we honored and said thank you to DON AND LEE PREISER. Don served as our Children’s Pastor for the 1st 6 years of CATB. Lee (Don’s wife) served with Don and focused on our elementary grades. We thanked them for their attitude as they served God, the way they loved Jesus and the way they loved and cared for our children. Church at the Bay is a better church today because of Don and Lee’s sacrifice and service. Our church gave Don and Lee several gifts. My guess is this video will be viewed in the future as the best gift of all! Want to see why?