Obedience

Obedience is one of the hardest things to do as a Christian. If you find it hard to obey your parents imagine how much harder it is to obey every single thing in the Bible. In the Bible it says honour your mother and father (Ephesians 6:2-3). Your parents have been through everything you have been through and more. As I have grown older I have learnt to respect the decisions my parents have made for me.

I may have hated it at the time but I still obeyed them because I knew they had my best interest at heart. When you are young your parents constantly want to have their eyes on you especially if you are the first born. They want to know who your friends are, where you are at all times and what you are doing. If they could read your mind they would do it! ‘Be not deceived; evil communications corrupt good manners‘ (1 Corinthians 15:33). When you are not with your parents you are with your friends. Imagine evil is a weed. If you don’t take measures to prevent it from growing it will ruin your perfect garden. It’s the same with evil deeds, if you don’t take measures to prevent your child from committing evil deeds it could completely corrupt them in the future. Friends play a major part in your life and have a major influence over you  whether you know it or not therefore, it is important to surround yourself with people who build you up and help strengthen your faith not lead you down the wrong path.

I was forced to go to church every Sunday as a kid and as I got older other things became more important to me. If my parents hadn’t sown a seed in me to be a believer from birth I probably wouldn’t have been able come back to the faith now. Many of the bad things that have happened in my life have been  a result of deciding to disobey my parents in some way. This could have been ignoring a direct order or going against an important life lesson they had taught me in the past.

You will never understand the crucial role your parents play in your life until you’re older. Have you thought about the fact that when you were younger you probably used to butt heads with your parents all the time  because you wanted to do one thing but they had other plans for you.  However, now as an adult your relationship with your parents is probably better than ever. It’s more open and it’s more of a friendship than a dictatorship. This is because you are all in mutual agreement of what is expected of you. You have reached an age where they have taught almost everything you need to know for you to make important decisions in your own life. I remember when I was picking GCSE’s I wanted to pick P.E. because I loved sports but my mum knew that if I did it I would neglect all my other subjects therefore, I wasn’t allowed to pick it. Last week, I picked an elective for my final year of uni and called my mum to ask which one I should pick. She told me to pick the one I wanted to do. My parents have trained me well enough that I should be able to decide what is best for myself. Let’s face it, at some point everyone has to leave the bird’s nest. It maybe hard to fly at first but eventually you will get the hang of it.

As humans we are imperfect. We are bound to make mistakes but it is those who learn from their mistakes that are able to progress. Being wise is a mindset. Decide to be wise early and obey God to avoid unnecessary problems in your life. God has given us guides that will help us on our christian path. You were born into a specific family because God deemed the method they would use to raise you to be the best way for you. Their way of parenting may not have necessarily worked for someone else. Even before conception God has been looking out for you. Do not take for granted the life that you have been given. Obey the teachings in the Bible and be fruitful.

Thanks for reading!

~S.

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