want to be blessed?

want to be blessed?

Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 

Ephesians 6:2-3

When I was a kid my Dad used to say,"Don't listen to your parents, you might do something right!"

Everyone has a different experience with their parents. Some parents give a lot of advice, some give none. Some parents are successful by the world's standards, some have failed. Parents aren't perfect, but God says they all must be honored.

God doesn't ask us to believe everything our parents believe. He simply wants us to honor them. God chose our parents for us and put them in a position of authority over us for a time. Whether our parents were drug addicts or CEO's is not the point of this commandment. Parents deserve respect simply for being our parents. We were born because of them. If we do this simple thing, honor our parents, we will be blessed. It's a promise from God. Honoring to me means being thankful for them, trying to help them, forgiving them for any real or imagined offense and loving them as they are.

If they are far from us or have passed on we can still practice this commandment by aligning our thinking to match God's expectation of us.

It's a lifelong commandment and it's a commandment written for anyone on earth who was born.