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“You Want Fries With That?”


Sue Wilson is our guest blogger today. She often contributes different blogs and topics on here that you have already read. I pray you will be blessed today by her message. 

I saw a little plastic highway cone at a truck stop that I just had to buy. Its printed message was “Darned right I have a Master’s Degree–you want fries with that?”

What hope is there for a fast food worker in today’s high-end job market? Well, King David began to demonstrate his abilities and his faith while doing menial chores for his father, and turned out to be far more than a food carrier.

Jesse (David’s father) sent his youngest son to the war front just to take his brothers some food and check on how they were doing, but more than that happened.

Israel was stuck in a stalemate with their enemy, the Philistines. It seems that the giant warrior, Goliath, would come to the “zone” separating the two armies every day and challenge at least one of Israel’s warriors to do battle with him. Now, this was an age in which the average man was about 5’6″ tall. It is estimated that Goliath probably pushed nine feet. The Israelites, not surprisingly, had a problem finding volunteers. This made not only the Israelite army look bad but also reflected on the opinion the Philistines had of Israel’s God.

Anyway, here comes David–the fast food guy–into the scene. After asking what all the trouble was about, David was roundly chastised by his older brother who accused him of neglecting the sheep, having a wicked heart, and wanting only to watch the battle. David replied as many of us have at times, “Now what have I done?! Can’t I even speak?”

David, the one thought to be the least, said something outstanding–“Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”  David then got Saul’s permission to fight the giant, rejected the armor that was too heavy for him to carry, and downed the evil giant with a slingshot. Not bad for a sheep watcher/lunch deliverer/message boy.

We too often assume that those we consider of a lower-income, or job, than our own are not worthy of our respect. David hit this problem even from his own family.

Using our fast food server as an example, how often have you seen people speak rudely to the server, toss money at them, or come screaming back to the counter if the order is incorrect? David was not respected either, but he became the most famous of Israel’s kings. God knew his capabilities whether anyone else did or not.

Next time you see someone who “appears” to be of less worth than yourself, remember that we cannot see the masters degrees standing before us, or the wisdom, or a great mom who handles work and home, or a grandmother raising her grandchildren as the children of God. Only God knows the heart and mind of any person. We are called to assume that God has great plans for all of His children, not just a chosen few.


Building a Community of Character: Respect

Respect is the topic this weekend and there have been some good conversations on the subject already. See the previous post on respect to get a good idea of the questions that were asked. I have a few more for you as you have now listened to Pastor Burcham and his opening thoughts.

How do you demonstrate respect for others? What do others say to you to show they respect you? Does respect equal agreement?

Do you think that Jesus respected everyone? In what ways did he show respect for others?

Look forward to hearing more discussion on the topic.


When I hear the word Respect I automatically hear the voice of Aretha Franklin (pictured in the video above) playing in my head. As I asked other people around me I wasn’t alone. Aretha sings to a man about wanting a relationship exchange. She is willing to do all kinds of things and have a relationship but not without his respect. So where am I going with this? My question is, how do you gain respect?

When it comes down to it, everyone wants respect! Everyone has a felt need to be respected. Respect is easy to identify but hard to define. So, what is respect? A definition that I liked said: esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability.

As Christians, I believe that God’s Word gives some guidance in the area of respect and the practice of it. In 1 Peter 2:13-ff Peter talks about the submission to rulers and masters. Verse 16 says, “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” He then follows up with an implied how do you do that in verse 17, “Show proper respect to everyone: love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” We should respect everyone!

Building a Community of Character series is built on the belief that these pillars of Character Counts are offering nothing new or original to the world or to Iowa (Where we are located). Jesus Christ embodied these characters long before there was ever the thought of Character Counts. Jesus showed respect and was respected.

In the Gospel of John (8:1-11) there is a story about a woman who was brought before Jesus and had just been caught in the act of adultery. The Pharisee’s called her a sinner, but Jesus saw her as a child of God. The Pharisee’s would have rather seen her stoned to death; Jesus had compassion. Jesus showed respect to all people. It doesn’t mean that he consented to their way of life, but he saw all people as worthy of respect.

We live in a world of party lines: republican, democrat, conservative, liberal, poor, middle class, management, workers and many, many more. This also happens in Christianity all too frequently. If you are in another camp opposed to mine you don’t simply have a different opinion, you are wrong and often times the enemy. As an enemy we discredit, dishonor and show no respect to the other side.

As we prepare this week for the topic of RESPECT ask yourself how you might respond to some of these questions: How do you define respect? What areas do you find it difficult to respect someone? Would it be possible to show respect to someone without consenting or agreeing with them? Do you believe that our culture and communities could ever be like that?

Feel free to respond here or on Facebook. Thanks!

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