Summary: “Honor your parents,” the Bible says, “that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” What does God mean? That the one thing that is most key to the success and health of the rest of our lives is our relationship with

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How to be the best son or daughter in the world

Today I’m talking to children in the Christian family, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook if you’re over 21! Last time I checked we’re all somebody’s child. If you have living parents, you’ll find something of value in this message. And, if you have kids I believe you can glean insights, as well.

My son, Jay, decided to drive in today to keep his Dad honest for this sermon! Thank you, Jay. You can check in with him after the service to see if I practiced what I preach, (imperfectly anyway.)

Erma Bombeck, the late humorist, wrote an essay about mean parents. I think some of you will find it easy to identify with her thoughts.

Was your Mom mean? I know mine was. We had the meanest mother in the whole world!

While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast.

When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too.

Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You’d think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.

We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work. We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.

She always insisted on us telling the truth the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By the time we were teenagers, she could read our minds. Then, life was really tough!

Mother wouldn’t let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. They had to come up to the door so she could meet them. While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 16.

Because of our mother we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced. None of us have ever been caught shoplifting, vandalizing other’s property or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault. Now that we have left home, we are all educated, honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean parents just like Mom was. I think that is what’s wrong with the world today. It just doesn’t have enough mean moms.

My kids had pretty mean parents, too! Bev and I believed in work, discipline, responsibility- mixed in with big does of laughter and love!

Teenagers, I want to encourage you to pay attention today.

(I hope you pay attention every Sunday, but especially today as what I’m going to talk about has the potential to spare you a great deal of grief down the road in life. What I’m preaching about today is a key to your success in the future.)

My goal in this sermon is to STRENGTHEN the relationship of Parent/Child in your home. If our Christianity does not work in our homes, it won’t work anywhere, because that’s where our TRUE self shines through!

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