“Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Every mother and father does the best they know, whether their parenting is praiseworthy or perhaps a work in progress.
On a scale of 1 to 10 for performance, some children may rate their mother and father’s parenting skills at a 10, and some at a 1 or 0, with many in between. For those who suffer an unhappy childhood, if may be difficult to see how they can possibly “Honor their father and mother,” as the above quote commends. But there is a way.
To “honor” our parents, is to honor their individuality made in the likeness of God. It’s to see past the shortcomings, past the mortal selfhood, past the failures and mistakes to what God created them in the first place. It is to view them from a spiritual point of view.
When we can see our parents from a spiritual point of view, we behold God’s Parenting presence that never fails us or them. Whatever they need to prosper is coming from God. And whatever we need is coming from God too. God is our common Father and Mother and ensures we have everything we need to grow and thrive.
We “live a long, full life,” when we do this, because our consciousness is filled with edifying gratitude, joy, compassion, forgiveness, and love, rather than destructive resentment, anger, and animosity.
Honor your father and mother as God honors them, as spiritual children of divine Love worthy of all the good God has to bestow upon them. The good you see in them, you’ll be able to see in yourself too, and everyone is benefited.