During these challenging times of national crisis it is common to worry about what the future holds or how things will work out. Worry could be reflected in various ways such as panic buying and stock piling etc. The scriptures admonishes us not to worry at times like this, but to trust God that things will get better. Worrying will not solve anything, but rather cause more problems;
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they are?
So do not worry, saying what shall we eat or drink or wear, your heavenly Father knows that you need these. But seek first His kingdom and righteous (integrity) and all these thing will be added to you as well”. Matthew 6:25 – 33
Showing honour to your parents is avital key to success and comes with huge benefits as stated in the scriptures; ‘Honour your father and mother, so that you may live long and it may go well with you’ Deuteronomy 5:16
Most parents do the best they can to raise their children well and give them the best they can afford. Nevertheless, there are still parents that are bad and even abusive. Undoubtedly, it can be challenging to show honour or respect to parents that have not been the most supportive or worse still, very abusive.
In the case of abusive parents, you cannot be blamed if you decide not to see them or speak to them again. However, your reasons will not negate the consequences of breaking this Godly principles of success which is honouring your parents. The instruction did not say to honour them only when they are good, but because they are your parents (mother and father) – Meaning they gave birth to you or raised you as their child.
Note; This honour comes with benefits that includes long life, success and prosperity as a result of just honouring your parents – Remarkable! But one can appreciate that this is not an easy prospect for some people who have had very difficult parents. However, when you consider the priceless benefits, its worth reconsidering, no matter the terrible things they had done. It is wise not to dishonour your parents (especially publicly) as they represent your origin and foundation. Unfortunately, people do this out of ignorance. Ignorance will never exempt you from the repercussions of acting irrationally towards your parents and disregarding this vital success principle.
Let us consider some ways to honour or dishonour parents;
The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but life without a reason. The deepest craving of the human spirit is to find a sense of significance and relevance –(Myles Munroe).
Every living creature has a purpose which they were created for. Until one discovers their purpose, like fish out of water, they will struggle with a sense of unfulfillment no matter how much they achieve doing something contrary to their purpose.
The video below illustrates how different creatures are uniquely programmed by the creator to function naturally and effortlessly in their purpose. Whereas, human beings (though God’s most dynamic creation), struggle to discover their unique purpose;
(Watch this useful video on discovering your purpose);
Raising well balanced children is every parents dream but it takes hard work, commitment and patience, however, the rewards completely out-weigh the work involved.
Our Creator graciously put certain simple principles in place to make it easier for us to raise well behaved and happy children, but many people have knowingly or unknowingly deviated from these principles and formulated their own rules which are contrary to these principles. The consequence is that a lot of youngsters today have grown up ill mannered and problematic due to dysfunctional up bringing.
4 vital ways to raise well balanced and happy children;