The Scriptures command that one is to “Honor thy father and thy mother.” That command has no expiration date or exemption clause. It is sad that so much of modern culture has seemed to cultivate a disrespect for parents today. While there are the ones who do continue to honor their parents, there are scores who think they have outgrown their need for their parents, and their parents are a burden to them.
Proverbs reminds us that wisdom is evidenced by a learning heart and listening ear, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels” (Proverbs 1:5). Three verses later, Solomon writes, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.” In other words, the wisdom of parents should not be discounted or disrespected.
Sadly, too many of us realize the wisdom and knowledge of our parents too late. They have left this world, and they are no longer available counselors. The strength of youth is physical. The strength of the gray head is wisdom. That is a biblical teaching. I wonder how many mistakes and bad decisions I could have avoided in my younger days, if I had given more attention to being taught and trained by my parents.
Never take your parents for granted. For those who have (or had) good parents, be grateful. Let them know they are appreciated and that you still need their thoughts, insights and wisdom.
For those who have (or had) bad or abusive parents, just remember that the command to honor them has no expiration or exception clauses. Therefore, by God’s grace, seek to honor them by showing respect, even when undeserved. The sowing and reaping principle is always true.
Just some mental wondering in a late night hour. Any thoughts?