I was born and raised in a Christian home. We went to a traditional CSI church which taught me the A,B,C’s of the Bible. The little stories of Faith, like the David and Goliath story, the story of Jonah, Daniel in the lion’s den were some of the early seeds that were planted in my heart. At home, my mom was particular about family prayer every sundays, and she always encouraged us to start off the day with bible reading and prayer, and also to pray before we got to bed. Those were some of the early seeds that was planted at home, by my family.
When I got saved in the year 2005, I was learning a lot of things from the Bible. Fresh revelations from the Scriptures started opening up. I was thrilled as I began to understand the Bible in a whole new way. Slowly, even without my own knowledge, I started getting a feeling of superiority (in faith) over my beloved parents in the areas of faith. I started openly debating with them about the things of the Bible. Subconsciously, I began to undermine their faith and had an attitude of boasting inside of me.
I have seen in more than one occasion, where young people fall into this trap of the devil. We think we are being zealous for the Lord, but in reality we are having nothing but an arrogant boastful attitude over our parents, before the presence of God. And in the process, the hands that nurtered and cared for its own, is left all alone with a feeling of guilt, and a feeling of condemnation.
The Bible says that everything must be done with love. “Do everything in Love” 1 Cor 16:14. And as children, no matter how old we are…. we have the responsibilty to encourage the heart that first encouraged us!
A couple of months back, I was talking to my mum on the phone and she was telling me to teach little scriptures for Jaden. I said, “I will do”, but slowly her tone went low. She said that she felt bad that she didn’t do much teaching of God’s word to us, when Binil and I were little. I didn’t know what to say. Just then, I was inspired in my heart to remind her of how she always encouraged us to pray before we got to bed and pray before we left for school. She was really touched and I could tell from her voice that, that ONE little word of encouragement, had made her day!!!!!
More often than once, since we grown ups have our own lives to live and families to run, we forget to encourage our parents and thank them for the loving things they did for us when we were little children. Without the hours that my mum spent on her knees praying for me and Binil, I wonder where we would be….. and when I think that all that we have shown in response to her love is some foolish arrogance… I feel miserable!
Dad and Mom deserve our love, time and respect!!! This is a little heads up for Mother’s day. Mother’s day is May 13th this year. Maybe you could do something special for mum and dad…… trust me the smallest word of love, means the world to them!!! Come on guys….. let’s honor Jesus, by honoring Amma and Appa!!!
“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16
Have a fabulous day!!!