I recently had the privilege of spending a few days with my parents over Mother’s Day. One of my aunts had passed, so I drove them out of state to her memorial service. My Mom and Dad are both in their 80’s and doing extremely well for their age. During our trip we had time to laugh, reminisce, and enjoy being together. I cherish these times because I never know when our last trip together will be.
My Dad had 10 siblings, all of which have passed now. I’ve always felt blessed that my Dad was healthier and even seemed more prosperous and blessed than my aunts and uncles. I didn’t think much of it until my Dad told me something on this trip that I didn’t know before.
In our causal conversation he shared with me that when he left home to join the US Air Force at 17 years old, he sent most of his pay check home to help his struggling parents. He continued this practice for some years. He said he also visited them as often as he could. I asked if his siblings did the same thing when they left home. The answer surprised me in that Dad was the only one who honored his parents in this way.
Just then this scripture came to me from Ephesians 6:2 “Honor your father and mother that it will well go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
Without realizing it, my Dad had put to practice this principle of honoring his parents many years ago and he has been reaping the rewards of long life and blessings throughout his life as the scripture promised.
If your parents are still alive, honor them with love, your presence, and even financially if necessary—regardless of your past experience with them. If they have passed, perhaps the Lord will show you someone older in your life who has influenced you in a positive way that you can honor.
As you put this powerful truth to work, you will soon discover your parents will be blessed and you will find long life, blessings and prosperity chasing you down.