A Word every day to get you on your way!
Here is the Daily Dose for Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teachings. Proverbs 6:20
I’m Sorry and Thank You
All teenagers have one thing in common, they know everything. There is magic that occurs on your thirteenth birthday. On that day, you know everything. You know right from wrong. You know how things should be. You know that the old ways are for old people, and your way is better. You know exactly how the world works and that your decisions are the best way to go forward in any circumstance. Most of all, you know that your parents no longer know anything. That is until you get out of your teens.
As we get older, we begin to see a strange thing. We begin to see that when we were teenagers, we didn’t know anything. We didn’t know how the world worked. We didn’t really have a full concept of the complexities of navigating life. We didn’t really understand what it took to make a living, shoulder responsibility, and have to deal with the consequences of being wrong. As we age, we look back and realize that maybe, just maybe, mom and dad knew a thing or two that we didn’t, and our lives could have been easier if we have listened to them.
Friends, as we get older, we realize we owe our parents two things: an apology and a debt of thanks. We owe them an apology for not listening to them. We owe them an apology for all the trouble they rescued us from that would have been avoided if we have just listened to their advice and counsel. We owe them a debt of thanks because, while we knew it all, they cleaned up our mistakes, gave us room to learn, and only occasionally said, “I told you so.” So maybe today is a good day to tell your parents if they are still here or even if they have transitioned. I’m sorry and thank you very much.