Monday, March 3, 2014

Family relationships

As a Christian, we should live our lives in a manner that is pleasing to God.  We should strive to be as "Christ Like as a redeemed sinner can be."  The goal being, hearing these words from God when our days on earth are done;  "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

The most difficult challenge we face is how we deal with our immediate families.  All of us have been angry at our parents.   That anger started at a very young age.  Mom and Dad had rules we did not agree with.  Bed times, chores, don't stand on the dinner table, don't sass me, and curfews, are just a few that come to mind.  Yes, there were rules like, go to school, or get your grades up, or later in life, how are you going to pay this speeding ticket.

Mom and Dad's rules were not there to annoy us, although they did. The rules were there to teach us life lessons, help build our characters, and most of all, to act as a guard rail to keep us from going off the road.  Still, some of us DID go off the road.  We did things that made our parents cringe!  And they got angry at us.  Why, because they love us, know we can do better, and want what is best for us.

Now, look at the relationship between adult children and elderly parents.  Many times, the parent is suffering form a log term disease like diabetes.  You as the child know what is best for your Mo or Dad.  No donuts!  No ice cream.  But Mom and Dad still want those taste treats.  And you get frustrated with your Mom or Dad.  Why, because you want what's best for them, you love them, and you know they really can do better with their sugar management!  Sound familiar?

I said earlier that, as Christians, we want to hear God say;  "Well done though good and faithful servant.  As a parent, do you know what we long to hear from our children?  Mom, Dad, you were right!  Thanks for being there for me.

You only get one Mom and one Dad.  Since they are older than you, they will, in most cases, die before you.  When that happens, you realize just how alone in this world you are.   Take the time to love your parents.  So what if they still try to steer you in the right direction.  That only shows they still care!    

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  1. Mom, Dad, you were right! Thanks for being there for me!

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