Today’s Scripture Selection: Hebrews 13:18

“Pray for us.  We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.”

It seems to me that there isn’t a lot said about honor these days.

Oh, maybe at Boy or Girl Scout meetings, or among those serving in the military, that word is used.  But I’m talking about at large – in society – amongst the common rank and file members of society.

It’s no secret that politicians rank among the lowest of those who are considered honorable.  That’s a shame.  But I can see how we’ve gotten this way.  Some of their records are less than shining examples of honorable behavior.

I can recall how not too long ago one individual running for office wrote about how honor matters.  I agree – but isn’t it sad that the issue even came up for discussion.  Why wasn’t there more of a rousing response from the general public that said, “Of course honor matters!  That goes without saying.  What else you got?”

But instead it became a matter of national debate.

Contrast this with one servant of God’s desire to live and serve with a “clear conscience” and “honorably” in “every way.”

Honor matters.  To everyone – but especially to those who claim to follow Christ.

Prayer: Lord, may I always do my best to live as an honorable member of your kingdom.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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