“God clearly says, Respect your father and mother.” (v.4)
In his book, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE, Rick Warren writes, “You are not an accident…Many children are unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God.” To honor, love and respect your parents is something Jesus emphasizes. It is an attitude and action that we can strive for every day, whether our parents are with us or not. They are special people, unlike any others. Let’s value, love, forgive and cherish them. They are not perfect. Nobody is. Except one guy, named Jesus Christ. And he said to respect your parents.
The poem by Russell Kelfer sums it up:
You are who you are for a reason,
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious & perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.
You look like you for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You’re just what he wanted to make.
The parents you had were what he chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.
We all have various experiences, of course. People become parents usually in their 20’s or 30’s when they bring their baby home from the obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) hospital wing. There is no job description. They have their own parents as role models, but they make mistakes. Love them anyway. Parenting might be the most difficult job on planet Earth. It may not be easy to provide a home for their child, to protect and maintain their child and to choose and provide for their child’s education. This job continues through childhood, adulthood and until death. Honor your parents, or your parents’ memory, and recognize the challenging job of parenting that they took on when you were born.
“A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.” Proverbs 13:1
Rick Johnson’s book “10 Things Great Dads Do: Strategies for Raising Great Kids” is a book to give to a new (or older) father. Also, “The Parenting Book” by Nicky and Sila Lee, is a book to give to a mother or father.