Keepers of The Home
Honor is such a beautiful thing. It is showing someone you care about them, think of them, and value them. One of the Ten Commandments is for children to honor their mother and father. This goes for children of all ages, even adults. Of course, we love to teach this to our children at home, but do we remember that we should be honoring our own mother and father even though we no longer live under their roof?
The Lord showed me several years ago a very clear way that I could honor my mother as an adult. She lives over an hour away from us but loves to spend time with our kids. She does a ton of driving in the opposite direction on a weekly basis to take care of my grandmother. The Lord showed me that, since I stay at home, I should offer to take the kids to visit her at her house rather than expecting her to drive our way. This sounds so very simple because it is, but I will tell you it sure means a lot to her to not have to do all of that additional driving just to see her grandkids, and it has become my joy to take that burden off of her.
On birthdays at our house, we take out a little chalkboard slate and write the name of the person we are celebrating on it along with pictures of things that make us think of them. We place old and recent photos of them all around it, hang streamers from the ceiling at their seat, and place a birthday mat at their place setting. The person who we are celebrating gets to pick out all of their favorite foods to eat that day and of course their choice of dessert. We usually have one small gift for them to open at each meal that day. It is our way of showering this person with love.
Our pastor says that honor is like a boomerang— as you give it out, it comes back to you. It can hurt so badly to be on the receiving end of someone’s neglect and when you can tell that you were the last thing on their mind. There have been years I have come home after spending Mother's Day with my mother to no celebration or recognition from my family or have felt lightly regarded on my birthday. I have tried telling my husband and children how much the little things I do for them would mean to me, but for now it seems to fall on deaf ears. Does this mean that I should stop showering them with honor each time an occasion rises? Absolutely not...honor is not earned, but rather comes with the position which one holds.
We must learn to value everyone’s position and learn to show honor for the Sunday school worker, our pastor (to which it says double honor is due!), parents, and of course God Himself! Oh, that our hearts would love to give and show honor, not just in the big things but the small things as well. Do not grow weary in doing good. Continue to show honor and I pray you become even more gifted at showing it as you grow in Christ Jesus!