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Exodus 20:1-17

Honoring Your Parents

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Exodus 20:1-17

Honoring Your Parents

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Deer come into our fields twice a day. They walk through eating grass and sometimes they come into our garden and eat our flowers. They are so beautiful that we don’t mind.

In the spring they bring their babies with them – little fawns. One mother deer has twins. When they were first born they were weak, so she left them near the wild rose thicket while she went out into the field to eat. They rested and stayed where she had left them until she returned.

As they grow older they follow her and go wherever she goes. I don’t know what kind of language a mother deer uses to speak to her babies, but whatever it is, those small deer seem to know just what their mother wants them to do. We can learn a lot from animals.

The Bible gives us guidelines that help us learn how to have a good life. These guidelines are called the Ten Commandments. Today let’s talk about one of those rules: “Honor your father and your mother…” (20:12).

Another word for honor is respect. When you honor, or respect, your parents you think highly of them and know that they want the best for you.

One way to honor your parents is to listen carefully to what they say (what they want to teach you) and try to follow their rules. We can see how well that works for the little deer. They do what their mother wants them to do and that keeps them healthy and safe.

I know a little girl who is six years old. She makes her bed every morning without being asked. That is one way she honors her mother and her father.

There are other ways to honor and show respect for your parents such as taking out the trash, picking up your toys, being kind and helpful to your brothers and sisters… Let’s make a list. Can you think of ways to honor your parents?

Your parents gave you life. They love and care for you. When you honor your parents it is a blessing to you as well as to them.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan