Background passage: Ruth 1:1-17
Daily reading: Ruth 2:5-9
Thursday October 22, 2015

Focus passage: Keep your eyes on the field that they are harvesting and go along after them.  I’ve ordered the young men not to assault you.  Whenever you are thirsty, go to the jugs and drink from what the young men have filled.” Ruth 2:9

Can you think of a time when you were respected?  Can you think of a time when you weren’t?

We are respected when we are taken seriously, when others listen carefully to what we have to say, and when our ideas are considered as valuable.

Ruth is treated with respect by Boaz and by his workers.  She is capable of doing her own work and Boaz recognizes that she is worthy of being in the field and deserves fresh water to sustain her throughout her day.
When we are respectful of others we allow them to have their own point of view, their own opinions and ability to evaluate for themselves.  Respecting others, carefully listening to them, and extending compassion is what we are called to do as followers of Christ.

Take time today to think about respect.  How do you offer it to others, especially those who you discount their point of view or suggestions?  Talk to someone about this today and/or post a comment.

Prayer: God of loving kindness help me to find a way through my day where I am aware of your presence all around.  Amen.


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