Honoring...

When our children are young, a good day may be equivalent to our children just doing what they are told to do. No screaming. No hitting. No whining.  Life is easier when children obey. Ephesians 6:1 is probably one of the most quoted verses. "Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do."  (At least the first four words.) The next verses says to honor your father and mother. To honor is to revere. Toddlers aren't going to honor their parents knowingly very often, but as children grow and mature hopefully they respect their parents. Attached to honoring your parents is a promise of a long life, full of blessing. I wonder if there is a progression in this verses. Do children begin by obeying and move into honoring? I believe that is the idea. Have you had the chance to honor your parents lately? Most families (all families) aren't picture perfect, but there isn't any exception or clause written in these verses that gives us an exemption pass. We are just told to honor our parents. The longer I'm a parent...the more I appreciate the love and great effort of my parents through all the ups and downs. I'd encourage you to honor a parent or parents this week.

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