Kindness and respect

Last week a student said she really enjoys one of our leaders. Why? “Because he doesn’t treat me like I’m stupid.”

We asked what she meant.

“When I don’t know something, he doesn’t look at me like there’s something wrong with me. He doesn’t skrinch his eyebrows and say, ‘you don’t know that?’ He just smiles and says, ‘Oh, OK, let me show you.’ And he’s friendly about it. I feel like I matter. He treats me like he respects me.”

It’s so easy to joke about everything, or to treat students like kids. But it’s nicer to be treated with honor. Proverbs 3:3-4 reads, “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.”