honor your parents

As you know, this week has been a rough one for my parents, your Oma and Opa. They were in a bad car accident that totaled their car and left both of them injured. Your Uncle Perry and Cousin Cooper went to the hospital and drove them home. I met all of them at home to try and get mom and dad settled in. We have been doing our best to make sure they are cared for while they heal. It is a long road ahead, but I am really glad we are able to help my parents.

What does the Bible say?

The Bible teaches us that we are supposed to honor our parents. Some days I am not exactly sure what that means. This past week, the answer was clear to me. Honoring my parents meant helping them out in their time of need. At other times, I try to honor my parents by spending time with them. We do not do much other than talk about life. They really enjoy hearing about how each of you is doing, and how things are going. Nowadays, I live near them (only a few miles away), so it is not too difficult to visit them once a week.

I was wrong and knew it

For many years I did not do a great job staying connected with my parents. I was always too busy to spend time with them. As a result, I grew distant from my parents. I am really glad that I saw the error of my ways, and decided to make a change. It would have been an awful shame, and I would have missed out on a lot of great conversations. As you get older, I hope that we get the opportunity to spend time together. It will be time well spent.

Exodus 20:12 – “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.


Veteran leader, life-long learner, and novice blogger. Faithful father of two fine young men. Founder of All The Way Leadership! Former US Army Airborne Ranger and Officer. Currently work as a management consultant at a top firm.

    2 replies to "Honor your parents – they will need you"

    • Dan Caine

      Doug – I hope your folks are ok. Please give them my best and tell them that I hope they feel better soon. They will be in my thoughts and prayers and if there is anything I can do please let me know. Dan

      • keating.doug@gmail.com

        They are doing better. Will pass along your regards.

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