by Roger Thomas

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How to Raise Your Parents (5 of 8)
Season of the Family
Roger Thomas
Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 10:1; Ephesians 6:1-3
June 8, 2003

Today our Season of the Family turns to children. I want to talk especially to all of our young people who still live at home. The fifth commandment sets the standard. The New Testament quotes the command, "Honor your father and mother." What does that mean?

The Hebrew word in the Ten Commandments rendered "honor" literally means to "make heavy" or "weighty." This doesn't mean to make your parents fat. It means to weigh them down with esteem and respect. The opposite of "honor" is to take someone "lightly". What does it mean in practical terms to honor your parents? I want to answer that in the simplest and clearest way I know how. Let's take the word H-O-N-O-R and use the letters to form five basic words that truly spell honor.

You start honor with H. H stands for HELP. When you heard the title to my message, "How to raise your parents?" some of you probably thought—raise what? Their blood pressure? Their dander? I am actually talking about helping them be the best parents they can be. Parenting is hard work. But you have it within your power to make it easier.

Did you hear the one about the three young husbands in Minneapolis who were in a hospital waiting room as their wives were giving birth to their first child. The nurse came in and said to the first father, "Congratulations. Your wife just gave birth to twins!" The father jumped for joy and said, "This is an incredible coincidence. I am a coach for the Minnesota Twins!"

A few minutes later, the nurse came in and told the second father, "Congratulations! Your wife just gave birth to triplets!" The second father jumped for joy and said, "This is an incredible coincidence! I am an engineer at 3M!" When the third father heard this he shouted "Oh no!" and fainted. The nurse revived and brought him a drink of water. Finally, she asked, "Wha ...

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