Sometimes we see on packages the instructions “Handle with Care” or “Fragile” written on them. It’s important to pay attention to instructions when we come across them. If we didn’t follow those particular instructions, we could break something very valuable. That happened to us one time. Some relatives from back East shipped us a beautiful, antique engraved crystal vase. It was a family heirloom that was a wedding gift to a relative 150 years ago. It came with an antique photo of the woman with the vase. Unfortunately, it wasn’t handled with care, which ended in its destruction.
God had some important instructions for us to follow too. In the Old Testament He told the Israelites in Exodus 20:12 –
“Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
Then Jesus thought it was important enough to repeat in Luke 18:20 –
“You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother.”
In other words, nothing has changed, God expects us to still honor our parents. To honor means 1) To hold in respect; esteem, or 2) To show respect for, or 3) To confer distinction on. God knows that we sometimes won’t agree with our parents. God knows that we won’t necessarily have the same lifestyles or likes as our parents. Yet, God still expects and commands us to honor them. After all God placed them in our lives. He made them our authority. Even when we don’t agree with our parents, this gives us a chance to apply biblical principles as we develop our relationship with our parents. It is also a means to show God’s love to them, even when we disagree.
If we don’t follow God’s instructions about our parents then we may end up with a relationship that is like that “Handle with Care” packaged vase that arrived in a million pieces. Take time to show your appreciation to your mom, no matter what your history with her is. Take time to honor and love her as God expects you to do. Bless your mom with your love.