Regard the Lord as holy. Defend your hope (1 Peter 3:15)

"But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you." - 1 Peter 3:15

Regard Him as holy.
Be prepared to defend the hope within you.

I've lately been focused quite a bit on the latter but failing, as I think about it, with the former. I think there's something about being an American that makes it so I have a more informal attitude about everyone. That is, I regard most of my authority as questionable and challengeable.

In fact I have a particular personality that makes it so I feel unusually comfortable with my authority figures. Sometimes this makes it so I treat them with less respect than I should. I am aware of the personality, and I am aware I need to respect my authority... But when I fail with my earthly authority it almost makes it even easier to fail with my heavenly authority.

I tend towards a "God is warm cuddly" over a "God is powerful and mighty" mentality because that has been more my experience. But the truth is that He's both. Seeing Him as holy means regarding Him withe proper authority, strength, might, fear, love, warmth, care, majesty, etc... and I far too often leave many of these out.

When I'm defending the hope that is in me, I want it to be obvious that I worship a wonderfully personal God, but also a powerful God worthy of praise.

I'm prepared to defend the hope within me.
I'm learning just how holy He is.