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A Sign of Respect

David McCullough's book 1776 offers an insightful glimpse into the character of George Washington. As a boy, Washington copied down 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation . These were 110 rules on how to behave around others. Rule Number One read: "Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those who are present." Apparently he meant a bow or curtsy, a tip of the hat, a proper greeting, an "excuse me"—that sort of thing. That this would be one of George Washington's goals tells you a lot about his character. 

What if this was our goal, too? But not only with respect to people, but with respect to God? Would it make a positive difference in the way we lived?

Reference: 1776, David McCullough, pp 44-45