Saturday, September 26, 2009
In this day and age, we seem to have it all wrong. We loftily think that those older than us should respect us because we are the, "future" when in reality, we should be respected those who were our past. My Great-grandmother (the only one I ever knew) was a woman who loved God and loved others. On several occasions, she asked me if I was a Christian and I was so glad that I was able to tell her that I did. A few years ago, my great-grandmother went home to be with Lord whom she had served so long, and I can truthfully say that I am so thankful that my parents instilled in each one of my siblings and I the virtue of honoring and respecting the elderly.Had I been rude, self-centered, and thought that spending time with my great-grandmother was a waste of my time, I would have missed out on many blessings, stories, and memories.
"You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the LORD."
Why is it important that we honor the elderly? Is it because it might make us look good, help our esteem, or even make the elderly feel special? No, it is because God commanded it. Today, if you have been blessed to have elderly grandparent's, know elderly people, or are simply somewhere and see an older gentleman struggling to open a door; do what God would have you do - honor them by helping, speaking respectfully to, and showing them that you care. Think about it this way, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. As young people, we have the opportunity to respect and honor the elderly; choose to exercise this God-given chance.