Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. - Ephesians 6:1-4
Just watching the news, seeing the change in culture, noting what people are accepting that they never accepted before. There is an erosion of values. Somewhere in this shuffle of change, the values that I grew up with are considered outdated. Not to sound antiquated, but we ate dinner as a family, there was no phoning of friends till dishes and homework were done. Chores were on Saturday and church on Sunday, with a visit to grandparents. I will always recall fondly my grandmother’s swing on her porch where we chatted about everything and shared our hopes and dreams over her chocolate cake. No shopping occurred on Sunday because nothing was open but the gas station. These times brought comfort. The consistency of life as it evolved each week was as dependable as mashed potatoes and gravy on Sunday. We used to dress up for dates on Saturday night and church on Sunday. We were family but also, we were a team. We worked together and did chores together. I remember the days of pushing Daddy’s red Yazoo lawnmower whose handles were taller than me!! The time I grew up is considered old fashioned now but I know there are others that long for that time again too. There was something quaint, sweet and respectful about that era. Like we replenish beaches that have eroded, maybe we can try to restore family values again in our homes. Maybe the next generation will have a return to what was once valued. We can hope. Perhaps we need to set the example and they will follow.