“Mom, Mr. Jenkins is an old meanie. I don’t know why he doesn’t move into a home like Grandma. She is happy and nice and he is just rude and cranky. I don’t like the way he is always yelling at me to get off his lawn!” Jasper had just retrieved his frisbee from Mr. Jenkins and his mother had watched the elderly neighbor fuss at him through the window.
“Jasper, I know that he isn’t always the most pleasant neighbor, but Mr. Jenkins in our elder. He fought in a war in order to help us have our freedom today. When he returned, he worked in the local water plant making sure that our water is safe to drink and use. He has always been a good man, and now that he is getting older, he might could use the respect and friendship of a young boy like yourself.”
Jasper’s eyes were wide. “I never knew he was a soldier, Mom! I am going to ask him about the war next time I lose my frisbee. Well, maybe I will thank him for fighting in it first, then ask him about it. Maybe I will go rake his leaves since it seems like that’s a hard thing for him.”
Jasper’s mother smiled. “Giving him respect by honoring his wishes and staying off his grass, being polite and helpful are all great ways to show God’s love!”
“You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the LORD.” Leviticus 19:32
Who are the elderly in your life? How can you show respect to that person?