Adam’s Devotional – June 7-13, 2018

From Adam…

The 10 commandments don’t say, “Obey thy father and mother.” Number 5 of 10 is “Honor thy father and mother.” It’s true, honor and respect can often times take the shape of obedience, but they are not the same thing. We honor our parents by taking care of them when they can’t take care of themselves. It’s easy to imagine what this looks like when our parents get very old. Visit them, maybe let them live with us, bathe them if necessary, help them get dressed, be a part letting them live the final chapters of life with dignity and joy, etc. But how do we honor our parents when they are still raising us? For starters, we can be in relationship with them. Parents have a story, they have hopes and fears, successes and failures, pet peeves and favorites, and they have it to share with us if we will honor them by asking. When was the last time you asked one of your guardians the first time they experienced God?  What about their favorite band or song? How about their first kiss (gross maybe)?  Part of honoring thy father and mother means being in relationship with them.  God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.

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