Parents, Kids and Thriving!

11 05 2013

parents and kidsAs we look to celebrate Mother’s Day in May and Father’s Day in June.  What do these two verses have in common?

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.   Pro 22:6 ESV

“‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Deu 5:16 ESV

The answer is, these verses are about the relationship between a child and their parents, giving keys to thriving in this relationships.

There are certain things a child needs to thrive. In Proverbs 22 we learn children want and need to learn, with few exceptions, children are teachable. Being teachable allows children to learn the needed skills to grow into mature individuals who contribute to the community around them.

Just as the child thrives by being taught, so a parent thrives as they are honored. From Deuteronomy 5 we learn, it is the child’s job to honor the parent, but remembering Proverbs 22,  a child learns by watching. So honoring our parent is something we learn to do, and this is why we are commanded to honor our parents.  God also knows every parent is flawed in some way, shape or form, so he reveals the blessing we receive as we choose to honor them, that we may live long and it may go well with us.

As a child who grew up in a home that was very abusive, I have chosen to honor my parents because as flawed individuals they did the best they could with the little skills they had and for that I can always be thankful.

Blessings and Complete Joy,


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