Openness, humility, admiration, appreciation, love, respect, submission.
With some young people, you can see it in their eyes when they look at their parents.
(One of my favorite examples is at 2:02 in this video: https://vimeo.com/37457216 )
Those young people are so inspiring to me. I want to model that kind of honor for my siblings, for my friends.
The LORD has been convicting me of my own lack of honor for my elders in general and my parents in particular. Sure, I do what they tell me to. But honor is about so much more than that.
I listened to an excellent Generations Radio broadcast yesterday about honoring parents; Mr. Doug Phillips was the guest on the show. He, too, is a recent source of conviction and inspiration for me in this area; the honor that he gave to his father in his lifetime and is still giving him now after he has gone on to glory is so beautiful to behold.
On the show, they talked about the issue of jurisdiction. God has placed me under my parents' jurisdiction. It is not for me to critique them (openly or in my heart); I'm not their judge. Rather, I should be striving to bless, serve, honor and obey them, and to assist their vision.How beautiful, how loving, how liberating is the honoring life!
Pride is something else that I struggle with; I don't think it's a coincidence. Scripture tells us to put off and to put on; it's going to be hard to put off pride unless I put on humility- which is a huge part of honor towards authorities. And oh the joy, the freedom from irritation that comes when I'm no longer wrapped up in my own schedule and my own plans and my own me. What I want, what I deserve, blahblahblah.
And how amazing is it to think that the first commandment with a promise is the commandment to "honor thy father and thy mother"? God will bless those who honor their parents.
So: want to be happy? Want to be humble? Want to be blessed? Want to be successful? Want to be wise? Want to defeat the kingdom of darkness?
Say "Yes sir."