september 27, 2013

 

This weekend is Parents’ Weekend at the Plainview Campus. Nearly 200 parents have preregistered to be on campus for the various events. It will be a wonderful time for reconnecting with loved ones and celebrating the pioneering spirit.

One of the primary relationships in human life is family. But, there is no perfect family or ideal family. Families come with various combinations and issues. James R. Slaughter observed that “though the faces of ‘family’ may change, the Word of God remains a source of relevant instruction for making family the intimate, nurturing matrix of relationships that God wants it to be.” A family that prays together, worships together, and studies the bible together can weather many storms and transitions.

College can be a wonderful/fearful time of transition for both the child and the parent. Parents begin transitioning from overseer to observer. Children begin transitioning from dependent to determiner. Yet, the parent/child bond can be strengthened as these transitions occur. The beginning is to pray for each other daily.

Parents often tend to worry about their kids, no matter their age. Beth Mullally noted when her son went to college, “Look, I’m ready for this, no problem. It’s just him. He’s the one I’m worried about.” The key to lessening the worry is to pray daily for one’s children and continue to share life’s journeys together.

Children should also pray daily for their parents as well. Aging is tough! Remember too Paul’s admonition to children and parents. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ – which is the first commandment with a promise – ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’ Fathers (and mothers), do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:1-4

Honoring one’s father and mother is not simply obeying. Living a life that brings honor to one’s parents is a lifelong task. As we transition into adulthood, our decisions begin to reflect on our family heritage and legacy for future generations with ever greater impact. Many children have restored their parents through their faithfulness to God, and vice versa.

Students, take time to pray for your parents daily.
Parents, take time to pray for your students daily while remembering your own parents.

Remember, spend time daily with our heavenly Father and honor Him.

Micheal Summers
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance