One day a man arriving at the airport saw a well-dressed businessman yelling at a porter about the way he was handling his luggage. The more irate the businessman became, the calmer and more professional the porter appeared. When the abusive man left, the first man complimented the porter on his restraint. “Oh, it was nothing,” said the porter. “You know, that man’s going to Miami, but his bags are now going to Kalamazoo.”
What the disgruntled businessman failed to understand was that people who disrespect others always hurt themselves the most. When it comes to respect, we need to learn two principle3s. First, give respect freely. Second, earn respect, in return. Don’t expect respect. Earn it. Don’t demand respect. Earn it.
Charles Spurgeon said it well: “Carve your name on hearts and not on marble.” He was simply saying that we need to constantly look for opportunities to be a blessing rather than to be blessed. You receive by giving. The respectful become the respected. And as an additional benefit, their luggage only ends up in Kalamazoo if they go there as well. The Bible says, “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:10).
Today is election day in Iowa. Tomorrow, we will talk about the winners and losers. But what matters in Iowa matters less than what happens in your heart. We all have baggage. Let God be your baggage handler, put others first, and for all of like, you will fly first class.