What might your workplace be like, if everyone chose to value each other through mutual respect, honesty, and sincerity?
For any team to operate in this way the ‘land’ needs to be cleared: e.g. individualism, us and them blame game, grumbling, gossip, and slander. New seeds of Honor need to be planted, fed, and watered, enabling people to grow and teams to flourish ‘on earth as it is in heaven’. So, what are the seeds of Honor?
Honor says, “Where do I position myself to bring the best out of you,” not “What do I expect you to do for me”. Work toward Kingdom priorities rather than earth-based deadlines, take time to listen to a colleague’s concerns, show compassion to a struggling boss. Demonstrating Jesus’ love by your words and actions says, “you are worth it”. Even when the other person does not reciprocate, keep projecting honor.
Honor is grace in action. Become excellent at handing out pockets of grace as people learn and grow, particularly when mistakes happen. Honor says, “Let’s fix this together!”
Honor is not about a person’s performance but their value in the image of God. Through coaching, support, and encouragement, call out an individual’s talents and how God sees them, particularly when they do not see it themselves. How can you make this the best job your team members have ever had?
Honor is an attitude of gratitude, towards those God has placed around you and any situation. Do you see your team or colleagues as a blessing or a nuisance, what do you project? A thank you goes a long way but often gets missed, because of the busyness and pressures of work.
"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;”
Romans 12:9-10 NKJV