In Exodus 20:12 and Ephesian 6:2, the first commandment with a promise is given.
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.”
That commandment did not expressively single out one child. Its application is applicable to all of the parent’s children. As our Mothers and Fathers age, it is our Christian responsibility to take care of them. After all, it was their hands that took care of us! It is amazing that sometimes a heavier load can fall on one of the children and not be equally dispersed. Why? There are a number of reasons. One is that some siblings feel that it is the “doing” child’s responsibility to do; they exempt themselves from coverage. Decidedly, they will pitch in to assist sporadically or when they feel like it; despite the fact that they are no busier than the child who does everything. As one of my dearest friends and I recently discussed, we enjoy and cherish our roles of being caregivers to our parents. We enjoy being there for them; to bring happiness to their aging years. Nothing beats the joy that we receive from giving and providing for them! It would, however be more joyful to our parents if the other siblings contributed; not for us, but for them! Their (our Mothers’ and Fathers’) older eyes are watching too! Interesting, some parents get so excited when the child who only does one deed a year performs it! Whoopee! Because of their grateful spirit, maybe, their hearts hurt to admonish the “do nothings” or “barely do nothing” children! Too whom much is given, much is required!” Doing beats excuses! Doing is honoring; it is your Christian duty. My thoughts…