I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.
The quote above may have been made by Grant Hill, but it reflects my feelings as well. I did grow up respecting those in authority. I was taught to obey my parents and teachers and really any adult that I knew.
Those in authority often get bad rap these days. Children don’t like authority, teenagers hate authority, and adults reluctantly learn to live with it.
Whether it is those in our family, our local, state or federal governments, or in our work places, we all come under some kind of authority.
In my scripture studies the other day I was reminded to pray and even give thanks for people in authority over us. Authority, wisely used, can bring peace into our lives.
Our actions and our attitudes toward authority make a big difference. We can choose to pray for those with authority over us and bless them. We can respond to situations that upset us with prayer for forgiveness and understanding.
Please join me in praying for those in authority. May they be wise and just. Using their authority for the good of all.
The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society's most basic values.
Charles Caleb Colton