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Pastor Lud Golz
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Friday, November 14, 2014

We’ve been considering how important it is for parents to honor their children as a means to encourage all in the family to honor each other. Let me add: we honor our child when we take time to listen to them. Older children often dominate conversations around the table or at other family times. I remember our youngest yanking at my wife’s apron, saying, “Can I tell you my story?” Listening to a child lets them know they’re important. It is one way to honor them. And it doesn’t hurt to let others know you are proud of your child. I like the bumper sticker: “I’m the proud parent of an honor student!” But the most important thing parents can do to help their children learn how to honor others within the family is for parents to honor each other. Parents need to take to heart Paul’s instruction in Romans 12:10, “Honor one another above yourselves.” To honor someone means to show respect for them measured by our evaluation of them. In the context there’s an indication we should show an eagerness to honor others. It should flow from a deep appreciation for the value they bring to the relationship. It should also be an example of deference. When children see this demonstrated in their parent’s relationship they will catch on more readily. My wife’s birthday comes just before Christmas. That makes it hard to squeeze it into schedules, especially now that our children and their families live elsewhere. At a milestone birthday I honored her by reserving rooms for our whole family at a beautiful Bed and Breakfast so we could celebrate her birthday together. What a special memory for all of us.


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