“‘Honor your father and mother’ (which is the first commandment with a promise)…” – Ephesians 6:2
Perhaps the toughest stage of life is parenting our parents. It’s a role-reversal both parent and child would rather avoid. The Bible clearly teaches us to honor our parents, and that means caring for them when they are old. Let me suggest a few thoughts:
* The greatest gift you can give your aging parents is time, but if physical distance is too great, take time to call or write on a regular basis.
* Be prayerful and sensitive when parents can no longer care for themselves or their home. Be honest in helping them think about where they’ll live – be it a retirement center, a nursing home, or with you.
* As you face these tough decisions, be motivated by love, not guilt. Do what they most need, not what you most want.
Honoring our parents sometimes means parenting our parents. Remember, we reap what we sow. One day we hope that our children will have learned from us how to care for us when we are old.