By Wendy Tuten, Council Member-At-Large
“Value others above yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
“Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)
“Show perfect courtesy to all people.” (Titus 3:2)
“Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)
In our modern technological, impersonal, and busy society, treating others with courtesy is not so common anymore. Many of us are so busy looking at our phones, rushing to our next commitments, thinking about all of the chores waiting for us at home or work, and planning future endeavors that we sometimes are not simply living in the moment or aware of the people around us.
I recently witnessed an incident in church where an elderly parishioner was passed by as if invisible by several people. She was a bit unsteady and I suppose she was moving too slowly for them. As she returned to her seat after receiving communion, she was almost knocked down by a child. No “excuse me” or “I’m sorry” was uttered.
As Christians, we believe that human beings are made in the image of God and reflect their Creator. Jesus was never too busy to be courteous. To be Christian is to strive to be Christ like; To love our neighbors as ourselves; Do unto others as you would have them do unto you… I could go on and on. This similar message is repeated in the Bible over and over.
Common courtesy, unfortunately, is not so common anymore. Let’s all try a little harder to be Christ like and courteous to one another. Look around on Sunday mornings and take notice of the people around you. Step outside of your comfort zone and approach someone you don’t know. Help make a newcomer and fellow parishioners you don’t know feel welcome.