August 14, 2015
“Honor your father and mother” — which is the first commandment with a promise — “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."
So it seems of all the commandments, this is the first one with a promise, and the reward is that things will go well, and that I will enjoy long life. I wonder how it is that I can honor my parents, or even how it is that I can honor anyone. Thing that comes to mind when I think honor is “honoring a promise.” Usually, promises and only as good as the word of the person making the promise, to honor it means that person is choosing to keep the promise. Then there are “honor systems” things like places where they sell fire wood without a clerk. You just take wood, and the put the right amount of money in the box. Perhaps it’s similar to these things. My father has given me so much love out of free will with no guarantee he will get anything back from me. He let me take the firewood for free, and perhaps time is coming when it’s time for me to honor the implicit promise between father and son that I will take care of him in his old age just as he took care of me when I was younger.
Application: call dad, tell him I love him, send him some money this month