No. 49 Honor Mom and Dad

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Honor Your Father and Your Mother Matthew 15:4, Mark 10:19, Luke 18:20

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

It is tough to be invisible! No wonder Jesus and His Father had to perform all those miracles to demonstrate God's authority over visible nature! Just try to get any attention at all when you're invisible. But there are advantages too. Omnipresence. 

God's challenges aside, because He is invisible the command to honor father and mother is particularly crucial which explains why this Mark came from the Big Ten. In fact it is the link between those of the Ten Commandments that refer to our relationship with God and those that refer to our relationship with each other, and it is the only command that comes with a gift, i.e. long life (read:immortality). 

People using words to glorify God can go on and on and on. There seems to be no end to the exquisite poetry that finely attuned hearts compose to honor, exalt, and worship our Father who art in heaven. It is downright up-lifting.

When words are prayed or chanted by souls who don't honor their visible fathers and mothers then the invisible Father wonders whether they would still mean those beautiful sentiments if they could see and hear Him.

As with visible fathers and mothers, the invisible Father knows that from time to time, He must say something that His child doesn't want to hear, or command something that His child doesn't want to do.

That's why we need to practice by honoring our visible father and mother, particularly with obedience to their honorable requests and with kind sentiments. Hit this Mark and honor our Father in heaven too. Two golden points for one perfect shot.