Well, we’re less than one week into the launch of our new blog site for Women’s Ministries at Grace and I’ve already offended.
In the very first post, I thoughtlessly (and please believe me, unintentionally) ridiculed the work and long-held traditions of many who have been at Grace for so many years –women who have sacrificed time with their families and lost sleep over the details of the ministries that God has laid on their hearts to fulfill.
I use the word “disrespect” a lot, mostly when I am talking about confrontation. In fact, I use it so much that, not too long ago I asked the Holy Spirit to help me figure out why that particular word is so much a part of my vocabulary. As I searched Scripture, I learned that the word “respect” appears 204 times in the Bible and has to do with honoring something for what it truly is –seeing and understanding its unique features, purpose, and worth.
We all want to be seen for who we are and be appreciated for what we do.
I’ve failed to do that on several levels early into our launch of new strategies for women’s ministries here at Grace. I’ve failed to see clearly the value that each one of us brings to the table.
So, to all those women who make things beautiful, those who use their hands to craft things that demonstrate their love, I apologize. I’m sorry I disrespected you with examples I used in an earlier post. I failed to recognize and share the great value that you add to the whole.
And if I slip and take a step backward, I look to you to hold me accountable.