Before you were born, your parents were not as boring as they are now. They became boring after they started paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about yourself.
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Before you leave the last time to set up your place the way you want it, you can honor your parents by pitching in to take care of their home. Don’t be that person who has high expectations for your stuff but not so much for others, especially your parents.
Perhaps your parents are still irresponsible. I’m sorry about that. If they have not led you well, what if you go radical on them and become the responsible one in the family? Parental irresponsibility is not genetically predetermined for children.
I spent too many years carrying a chip on my shoulder because I felt ripped-off and cheated by others, especially my parents. The chip that was on my shoulder became a festering sore in my heart that turned to resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness.
It took me a long time to realize I was no different from them. I whined about their failures while never realizing my own. One day your parents will be gone, and there will be no excuses for the choices you make, except to say they are your choices.
Time to Reflect
- Do you have good parents? How are you honoring them with practical gratitude?
- Do you have not-so-great parents? How is your life different, in a better way?
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