Honor Your Parents
A Commandment, not simply a “Good Idea”
I spend a lot of my life thinking about parenting and how families can best glorify their Creator with the lives they live. So, because of that, I was recently asked to speak to our congregation about how the fifth commandment, to honor thy father and mother, should play out in our lives. Now that the sermon is online (link posted below), I thought I’d recap here with some practical thoughts on honoring parents.
It’s good for us to consider that this command, to honor our parents, is included on the same list as do not murder and do not commit adultery. As a command, we need to take it seriously. The command isn’t something that comes with a clause at the end giving us the option to honor our parents at our discretion. For those of us who seek to raise kids who honor God with their lives, we need to live lives that demonstrate this commandment in the way we honor our own parents and the way that we show honor to the other adults who are in our children’s lives.
On the Same Team
If you’ve heard me teach before, or have read this blog in the past few years, you know that I use the language of “partnership” when talking about the way that our church serves families in our community. We can teach the next generation to honor their parents by joining their team and using language that shows that we value and appreciate their hard work. For some ideas on how to best cast vision for partnership with other parents, check out this post:
Casting a Vision for Partnership
Even with it’s Hard
A few people in my closest circles know that the last few months have been a hard season for me (and for my family). When I had the chance to preach at our church, I shared some of my story – and what it looks like to show honor to our parents, even when they aren’t who we think we need them to be in our lives.
We tried a different approach to this sermon; our senior pastor spent the first half preaching on why we should honor our parents and I spent the last half discussing how it practically plays out in our lives.
Here’s a link to directly download the sermon
The Spirituality of Family
Here’s a link to our sermons on iTunes
Glenkirk Church Podcast
(look for the sermon titled, “The Spirituality of Family”)