As I write this, I think of all the ways God has kept his promise. I have obeyed this commandment and I have enjoyed the last 30 years on this earth. My mom was baptized when I was five years old and we read the Bible and prayed every night before we went to bed. She taught me about God’s faithfulness and Philippians 2:14, “do everything without complaining and arguing.” I have lived these scriptures since I was a child and God has kept his promises. These two scriptures guide me every day in honoring God by honoring my parents.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines honor as "to regard or treat someone with admiration and respect." Admiration and respect are key to honoring someone. Respect can be given begrudgingly and admiration can be given half-heartedly. When I am giving half-heartedly, there is usually something holding me back. It could be a lack of sleep, something personal that I don’t feel there is anyone to share with, or feeling wronged and needing to forgive. If there is something holding you back, find someone you trust and talk to them. Allow them to help you and pray with you so you may give your whole heart to God and others.
Respect and admiration require me to give my whole heart. For Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this year, I plan on getting my parents a gift, but the gift reflects my respect and admiration of who they are. Most of all, I plan on spending quality time with them, because they have told me that my time is the most precious thing I can give them. My last resolve is that I do not just honor them on one special day out of the year, but everyday, even though I am not able to see them every day.
Psalm 68:5-6, "A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land."
To those who have mothers or fathers who have passed away, I pray that God will comfort you. I encourage you to pray about ways you may honor the memory of your mom or dad. I pray you may find someone to share your heart with that their memory may live on through your stories. For God is our father. I pray that each and every one of you can take this scripture to heart and honor our father and mother and please our Father in heaven.
See also: Why I Love My Mom and Why I Love My Dad