Christians are commanded to honor Father and Mother
In this day and age you don’t find many showing honor to their Mother and fathers, yet, the bible commands us to do so.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12)
This is the fifth commandment. It is also the only command that comes with a promise to extend your life upon the earth. I am not going to talk about what this verse of scripture means or about any consequences of following or not following its instruction. I am simply going to try to honor my father and mother here.
First the man, Andrew M. Tate. He was not my natural father. He is my stepdad. His character is that of an older generation. In other words, there were certainly built in characteristic behaviors in place.
1.Desire to work for a living
2.He is a hard worker who needs no supervision
3.He is dedicated to taking care of his own family
He was not a teacher but he did teach me. One of the things he always said when he fussed at us was, “if you don’t work you don’t eat. Aint nobody gonna feed ya!” My cousins thought it was funny to hear him ranting. So did we, but, we lived there and heard it all our lives. Now there are not one of us kids who doesn’t work hard and strives to take care of our families. He impacted us in positive ways.
He is not a man that could teach masses or write a book. Others in my family may not even consider him worthy of honor but I do. He is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. But he is a man of endurance who I believe loved his own parents. I suppose that’s why he’s pretty healthy in his old age.
My mom, Helen M. Tate, was born Helen Marie Brown. A smart and loving lady with a lot of patience. I say patient because my dad could at times be a real bonehead. Not to mention us kids and some of the trouble we used to get into. She is smart because she always seems to know the right things to say when I call, whining about my life. And I know my mom loves me when no one else seems to.
She also, and out of necessity, desire to work for a living. She was a hard worker who needed no supervision and was dedicated to taking care of her family. She is a great cook – there is NO ONE BETTER! She also honored and loved her parents. She has been a follower of Christ for many years, and, taught us to do the same.
Did my parents do everything right? No. Did they make some mistakes? Yes. Did they make me mad sometimes? Yes. Sometimes they made decisions about my life I didn’t agree with, but, they were the parents. They were doing the best that they could.
I learned a lot from both my Dad and Mom. I would not be the person I am today without their love, care and influence. They are honorable as individuals, as a married couple, as parents, and as examples to generations who don’t seem to be paying attention.
I am thankful to have parents that I can honor. More than that I am glad that they are indeed honorable.