From the desk of Lauren Palmer
Do you find it strange that my favorite of the 10 Commandments is ‘thou shall not murder’, or that I remind myself the verse over and over and over all day long?
Thou shall not murder.
Rest assured I have never considered murder. Ever. But last spring I began discerning the 10 Commandments and wondered why each are significant. Why are these practices/limitations God’s best for us? I began this study by putting each commandment into words and behaviors that I could readily apply to my life in order to make actual changes in how I live. Here are a few examples:
Honor the Sabbath and keep it holy tells me that Sundays are for renewing faith.
You shall not commit adultery tells me to Enjoy the commitment of marriage.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor reminds me to Be satisfied.
When it came to the 6th commandment, however, I wasn’t sure how to better apply it to my life since not committing murder is already easy for me, as it is for most people. I considered what it meant to murder and what it meant to be alive, and found that although I don’t physically murder people, maybe I could better apply this commandment by understanding that number 6 is actually reminding us to Respect all life and the calling of others.
Do you respect the life of others knowing they too have a specific calling? Do you believe that every person on this earth is of equal importance with equal vitality to the betterment of mankind? Do you believe each was gifted with specific talents that need to magnified and shared with the world? Every person? Literally every single person you see in a day? The receptionist? The pizza delivery person? The kid bagging your groceries at the grocery store? The scammer who pretends to be the IRS that calls your cell phone? The gentlemen working construction near your office building? The person who honked at you? The lady working the drive-through at the dry-cleaners? The person staring back at you in the mirror?
By being called not to murder, we are being told that every single person on this planet deserves our respect on some level because they too have a calling. Life was designed to be precious and valued. EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THE PLANET HAS A CALLING. I can’t say this enough because I get the impression many of us believe that “difference makers” are only people with big platforms or high-paying jobs, and that just isn’t true. Everyone is called to be a difference maker in some way. When God reminds us in Exodus chapter 20 not to murder, it is because he wants us to understand how important mankind is. He didn’t make some to be incredible humans, and others to be mediocre. He made us all to be great. And by loving and valuing eachother, there is a greater chance that more of us will recognize our own potential.
Friends, don’t murder. Respect life and the calling of others.
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