Words from the Heart for Friday July 16th, 2021
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.
Ephesians 6:1 (NLT)
Obey Your Parents
It costs $25,000 in Canada to raise, train and place a dog guide with its owner. The training process starts with the dog, usually a black or yellow lab, going to a foster home for the first year of its life. The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides’ national training school is in Oakville. The animals receive four to six months of extensive training there, which continues once they’re matched with their new handler. The training program between dog and owner is four weeks.
We are born wanting our own way. It doesn’t take long for a baby to demand that his or her needs to be met, immediately. We are by nature sinful and selfish. We are wise to learn early that our parents love us and that obeying their instructions can save us a ton of pain, frustration and heartbreak. From them we also learn how to obey the instructions of the Lord. Paul writes this in Ephesians 6:1: “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do.” When our children were little, we used to remind them often that obedience isn’t obedience unless it is immediate. While this is a command to children in Christian homes, there is an important lesson here for Christian parents. We must live our lives in such a way that our children see our love for them and our commitment to Jesus and want to follow our example. We follow Jesus because He sets a consistent example. Let’s do the same for our children and grandchildren. Then, when they are called to be obedient, they will want to be.
These have been words from the heart.