Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise-- 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
A commandment with a promise ~
As we show honor to our parents, we will enjoy long life on earth.
Sounds simply and yet can be difficult at times to honor parents. As kids, we think we know it all at times. There are times of not wanting to listen to our parents. Yet, their wisdom of the years, can truly help us. I've never really thought of myself as a older person, but the truth is, I am. I am an older person who has been through a lot and I know my experiences can help others. I hope that someday, my life is remembered for the woman I am of faith, kindness and my example of treating all humans the same. I was taught to be kind by my parents and teachers. I hope that is seen now and people see Jesus in me. I do my best daily and in that best, I make mistakes. But I know that God is on my side, some people forgive and I continue to learn in life.
Proverbs 27:17 New International Version (NIV)
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.
Some people who have gone before us and have stirred our hearts to become a better person. A true mentor or someone you looked up to even as a kid. I remember a point in my life when I wanted my mom just to pay attention to me. She loved playing crossword puzzle and she never had time for me. There was a time that I tried everyday to get her attention. I remember even being bad in school and having to write sentences, but that didn't work either. As I grew older, I grew less of wanting her attention. I realize life was life and it wasn't going to happen. Today, I miss my mom and we missed out on so many things. Yet, I choose to count blessings of her life and hold tight to memories of good days.
IRON SHARPENS IRON ~
I had someone tell me that iron sharpens iron.
Even though I was disappointment with my mom at times, I never disrespected her or did I? There were times when I just did my best and my best wasn't good enough. I would walk away from the care home with sadness in my heart and trouble in my mind. There was one evening when my mom told me to leave and never come back. The reason was she didn't wan to live in the care home but wasn't talk to even walk. There was no way I could take her home. I would ask God why a lot about the care home life style. I realized maybe I shouldn't have asked why so much and asked what. What could I do to make her life better. I tried everyday until she died. The night before she died, she spoke words to me that I never heard from her. The value of my life, how she was proud of me and glad that God gave her me, but she didn't deserve me. Our conversation went on and I knew then, it was the moment I had waited all my life to have with her. My mom went to heave that next morning.
I know the mom part of me has made mistakes and even the grandma part of me. I also know that I try harder everyday to be a good example to my kids and grandkids. I do respect others and share hope.
Let us respect others and treat them the same as Jesus treats us
Let us share time with others and have meaningful conversations
Let us look someone in the eye and say I love you
Let us know life is short
Let us be what God created us to be and spread his love
and let the list go on for kindness, respect and not saying words we can never take back
I don't always feel respected by adults and some kids. I find myself saying it is what it is, but it shouldn't be that way. We should respect each other and never disrespect anyone. It's time for me to continue teaching and not let others do this to me. Just because someone owns a title, doesn't mean they can disrespect you. Be strong, courageous and go in God's power. His anointing is on my life and on your life too. Go in peace and treat others the way you would like to be treated. It only takes one person to make a difference. Purpose this a good day.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.