by Christina Farris
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. I look at my life and wonder how well do I obey my parents, in general i did well as a child, as adult I probably do less well, not out of disrespect, but because I choose to obey God's will for my life and continue to type in obedience to what God has laid on my heart to do for Him. Am I compromising my beliefs for obedience to get off line, no. I making a choice to obey my Heavenly Father's will for my life. Often times when you live far away from those you love they do not see the benefits of what you are doing or the compassion God has laid on your heart. I think of how many things I have learned about life since living under my parents wing, is knowledge that is not gained as a child but only as adult. Often those things can not be seen unless one spends time around a person, all my family remembers is that wild child headed off to college, who ran off and got married, and calling on the phone when in chronic pain from a wreck, health concerns and so forth. Especially with going through illness or just to talk about the crazy day I had. When God healed me from chronic pain my life changed and it turn way upside down and inside out. God had a purpose for that too.
Here I am typing children obey your parents, children are not adults yet, they are kids not yet fully grown and ready to spread their wings. Teenagers out there listen to parents, you might think you are ready to fly, but I guarantee not yet. When you fly, remember some those instructions of your parents because they will carry you through a life time, not only those memories of things they told you, but things they did not tell you to do, but apply their rules if from the Bible, especially those things they did not warn or tell you about. Anyone over fifty will get it and anyone younger be asking hmm, are you kidding me, and my response not in the least.
When you become the adult your parents as they age become like children in need of care and even foster care if you live far away. No they don't want you to worry about them, or to concern yourself with their enabilities, or even see their weakness, or your strengths you still have. They grow old not wanting to give up their freedoms or independence. Nursing home, adult day care, or even home care is a new experience for adult children as they work through the emotion of change and roll from being care for or to being caregiver in some cases. Yet children, have to remember their days of desire for independence as they were growing up not knowing that one day those desires would be in their parents fighting for sanity, for compassion and independence.
Try most to love your parents even when they anger you as they go through changes that age is confining them too. Remember times when your parents made you angry, you will be perhaps making them angry, instead try hard to show them the love of God, because God's desire is for you to love them in old age. An parents are your first blessing, especially godly ones, that love God. Yet love is important. Pray for them to be strengthen and encourage them to continue to fight the hard road of staying independent. If you grew up without your biological parents apply to good guardians, or good leaders in your life that aided you and you still keep in contact with. If you have no one adopt an older person in a nursing home or a neighbor that has no children near by.
Dear Heavenly Father, give children the compassion for their parents, even as adults or as children, whether they are saved or unsaved. Loving them as you love us, in so doing they are showing respect, not always obedience in adulthood. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Exodus 20:12 KJV
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.