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Sunday, May 11, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Edodus 20:12(NASB)
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
This is the only one of the Ten Commandments that has only a positive promise attached to it, but it's one that is probably the most ignored of the ten commandments except of Mother's and Father's Day. It's hard to honor your parents when they're in nag mode. If you're single, the classic nag is about getting married. If your married, it's about having kids. If you have kids, the raising of same is the topic of frustration. We're supposed to honor and love them through it all. It's hard to honor your parents when they head off into stoopidity. Whether it might be crazy politics, frustrating quirks, or something as benign as the My Big Fat Greek Wedding dad who cured everything with Windex, we need to tolerate and love and honor them through it all. It's hard to honor your parents when they're giving bad advice. Sometimes the advice isn't bad, but guarding you from mistakes they may have already made. Before discounting advice out of hand, see if their is a basis for their comments and whether you might (GASP!) be wrong for a change. It's especially hard to honor your parents when they're a few fries short of a Happy Meal. When our parents become old and senile, it's easy to make fun of them or to put yourself in the parental position. I remember my dad having trouble honoring his father when Grandpa Byron was taking about non-existent maids or falling asleep in the middle of the conversation or not being able to sink the battleship anymore. It take a special discipline to be able to minister to the senile, and the Holy Spirit can give us that discipline. However, if we do honor our parents, we'll be blessed. If she's still with us, give your Mom a call and love her through her quirks.

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