by Jack Warren, Top Coach Podcast host
I came across a passage in my bible reading recently that really jumped out at me. In Romans 12:10, the apostle Paul exhorts us to:
“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
I couldn’t help but think of the old Warner Brothers cartoon, Chip and Dale cartoon in which a typical exchange might go like, “You first.” “No sir. You first.”
While the magnanimity was exaggerated for comedic effect, the sentiments certainly came through. Chip and Dale, in their every action were showing honor to one another. That young recruit visiting your campus with his parents, opens the door for his mother. Showing honor.
What is it that you do that shows honor to your players, staff, and others? In fact, to paraphrase the apostle Paul, what are you doing to outdo others in your showing of honor?
Just the way that this direction is stated indicates that this is a conscious effort. You see, to outdo someone you must give some thought to what others are doing and what you are doing. What Paul is really getting at, however, is that this is such an important part of our life that we need to think about ways in which we can do it better and more often.
What are you doing to show honor to your wife? When is the last time you sent some flowers? How do you show honor to your hard working staff? When is the last time you surprised them with a pizza? What about the school administrators or staff who’ve helped work out a particularly tricky logisitical issue? When is the last time you sent a handwritten thank you note?
It’s never too late to start trying to outdo others in this area. You may not be the honor champion, but you’ll definitely be way ahead of the game.
Jack is available to speak to your team or organization or at your next function. He also provides individual and organizational coaching and consulting. You can get more information on these services at Jack’s professional services site, JackWWarren.com.