Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Honor Thy Mother and Father, Part Two

There are some thing which demand a sequel, such as Star Wars, Narnia, and Peanuts. Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and When Harry met Sally are undeserving of such sequels. One thing that does deserve a sequel deals with parents, by a vote of one.

This sequel is going to be a little harsher, but no less true. Exodus 20:12 puts it very succinctly "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." What does this mean? Especially from a book written long, long ago by a bunch of old Jews? (Can you see the sarcasm here?).

Well, I'll clue you in. This book, written by Jews, directed by the True Lord of this earth, not to mention Creator, knows the human condition better than humans do. So much so that He gave us the Ten Commandments (this in no way equates with suggestions). When you dishonor those who've participated in giving you life, you dishonor your Lord and King.

Mom and Dad are pretty basic in life, and what you do in life reflects on them. Regardless of what you feel like about them, remember that they are human and will make mistakes. I am qualified in making this statement as we're parenting two very special little boys. I want them to love and honor me and my wife, despite the mistakes we've made and will make, because of the effort necessary to raise them.

The fact that we can bring those two precious little boys to meet Grandma and Grandpa makes honoring all the more important, and delightful. I have more than enough reason to be thankful that they were there to make the mistakes in raising me. Even to this day, there are discussions, but the love and respect is always there. I want to build on what they've learned and be a better parent myself. This is truly the way to honor your parents.

Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for my parents and my children. Life has been Your gift to me. When we honor our earthly parents, we honor You. Amen.

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