Your parents might be the most amazing parents ever. Maybe they get you, and you feel like you can tell them anything. But more likely, your relationship with your parents might be less than you hoped for at times. Maybe reality for you is a cranky, upset parent that doesn’t seem to listen or understand you at all.
Even if your parents aren’t the ones of every kid’s dreams, as their child, the Bible asks that you honor them. Honoring can be really hard, especially when you see all their faults, flaws, and failures.
“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you. – Exodus 20:12 (NLT)
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when it comes to honoring your parents.
Your parents don’t have to be perfect for you to still honor them. Yep, that might seem a little crazy, but even in all their imperfections, God still asks that you honor them. So when they get mad and do something that seems so weird to you, you still have to honor and respect them.
Your parents are people. They have bad days. They face stress just like you, so give them a little bit of space to be human. Sometimes we expect them to be superheroes, but they’re people just like you.
Honor Doesn’t Mean You Agree or Get Everything. Honoring your parents doesn’t mean that you have to understand, get, or agree with every decision they make. Instead, it’s just deciding to not lash out, or get angry, but to respect them for their God-given place in your life, and try your best to get along with them.
Today’s Truth: Honoring Your Parents is tough, but you can grow in it with God’s help!
Getting along with parents isn’t always easy, but as their child, it’s something that God has called you to do. So if you need help, go to God. Pray and ask for His help and His guidance in how you can grow in honoring your parents as God has called you to do.