Friday, January 23, 2015

Our Attitude Towards our Parents

 Our Attitude Towards our Parents

By Kaitlyn F.
If you have parents, or a guardian who is raising you, then you know that you butt heads with them on numerous accounts on a wide variety of topics. And no matter what the argument is, they seem to always throw up the "you'll understand when you are older," or the "it's for your own good," card to your face. As someone who has had conflicts with my parents, I understand how frustrating it is to have that said to you. If you have grown up a Christian, then you might know might know that one of the Ten Commandments is to honor your mother and father. But I read that direct verses again from when the Ten Commandments were being written, and there was more to that. The entire verses from Exodus go, "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you." The whole reason for us to honor our mother and father is so that we may be prosperous as we grow older. They are protecting you, and they want you to be successful when you are grown up.  The line "you'll understand when you are older" may actually have meat behind it. Many of us are still living with our parents, and we haven't experienced what it is like to own our place, to have a job and to raise a family. When you are older you will eventually understand the position that they are in, and the decisions that they made. The line "it's for your own good" is them stating that they are trying to protect you, so that you may live long and be successful when you are on you own. So what if every time that we face our parents we had an attitude of gratitude, for they are trying to protect and they have your best interest at heart. What if we went in with an attitude of knowing that we don't need to know all the answers now, but that we will soon understand?  I bet that there will be a shift in our relationships with our parents if we change our attitudes.


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