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MYMP (Make your Mama and Papa proud!)

Proverbs 23:25

Let your father and mother be glad;

    let her who bore you rejoice.

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I was a stubborn child.. When my mom would scold me, I would pout and reason out. I was a liar. I was so slothful and hard-headed. I took for granted the sacrifices and hard work they had done for me. When I entered college and lived away from them, it was as if cold water has been poured out to me.

I realized that my life is so incomplete without my parents. I have to do my own thing—laundry, cooking, ironing, washing dishes. Every given day I was counting how many days were left before the semester is over so I would be home again. And I hate it when vacation ends because I will be back in the city alone facing life independently again.

(Below is the story of a mother’s sacrifice. Take a glance and learn a lesson from it)

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Some children question God for giving them the worst parents. Just a petty reason of not granting their requests, kids curse the person who brought them to this world. How many orphans out there are dreaming to be in their place? How many street children are wishing to be guided by their father and mother?

Treasure your earthly parents. Spend quality time with then because you will never know when they will leave you. We are so busy growing up that we forgot to notice that they are already old.

Put in mind the sacrifices they did to raise us well. A simple thank you and I love you means a lot to them. And when you’ve got a job, treat them and give them a part of your salary every month. Above all, show them in works and in deed that you love them. Be the person they want you to be—obedient, caring and kind. And be with them until their last breathe. Never show a second that they are worthless.

A loving child is a parents’ reward and that makes them glad.

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Dear Parents( Proverbs 22:6)

Train up a child in the way he should go;
    even when he is old he will not depart from it.

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The behavior of a child/person reflects how he was raised up. If he possesses a bad attitude and hot temperament, the blame goes to the one who brought him up. On the other hand, if someone has good character, credit belongs to the proud guardians who trained and disciplined him when he was still a child.

While the child is still young and does not keep yet the horns of disobedience, use this opportunity to train him that he may live by those teachings. Teach him how to be thrifty that he may learn to value money until he grows up. Teach him to follow so that he may know the right way to go. Teach him to respect so that he too will also be respected. Teach him to study well that a great future may await him. Teach him how to read the Bible and pray every day that he will be guided by God’s words and be used for His glory.

Parents, always make it a point to spend quality time with your children. Sometimes you think working endlessly to earn big and to secure their future is what’s best for them but be aware also that above money and fame what they need is your love and guidance. You arrive from home so exhausted that when the little kid ask for you to play you say “go to your nanny” and worse when you’ve depart home early he’s still asleep and you arrived he’s also sleeping. To discipline and to train a child is your responsibility and not anybody else. The reason why some children grew up rebellious is because they lacked attention and felt unloved.

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today—Stacia Tauscher.

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Strike while the iron is hot (Proverbs 13:24)

 Whoever spares the rod hates his son,
    but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

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My dad was a disciplinarian. I say “was” because he possessed that attitude when we were still kids but now that we are grown up, he became less authoritative. Before, while watching cartoons and we hear his car from afar, me and my siblings immediately turn off the television and run to do some household chores. He wanted us to be responsible enough even at an early age. We have to finish first our assignments before we could watch television. We have to help my mom cook, water the plants, fetch water, wash dishes, etc that was why I envied those children who  could play anytime they wanted, watch tv endlessly and most of all, they do not have to do household chores.

When I entered college, I had come to realize how good it was for me to be raised the way my parents did. I learned to become independent and adjusting was not that hard because mom and dad had taught me to be responsible. I do the laundry, cook my food, wash my clothes, clean the house, iron my clothes, etc. I learned to prioritize my studies and try to be the best that I can. I am so thankful that God had given me responsible and loving parents. There are flaws of course but it could never ever outnumber the good things.

Strike the iron while it is hot. Before the horn grows harder and longer, cut it off.

To parents, correct your children when you know what they are doing are not right. It pains of course but it is much better than to see them enduring the negative consequences of their actions in the future. If you really love your children, do what is right. Discipline them and emphasize that when scolding, it is what they did that you hate and not them.

To us, sons and daughters put in mind that our parents’ love is unconditional. They just want what is best for us. If they discipline us, that is because they want us to become better. Know for a fact that when they lay a hand to a stubborn kid, it hurts to see them cry, it hurts them to hit us however they have to.

God himself disciplines His children. We should never feel sons and daughter unloved instead, we should be thankful that we matter to Him for He cares for us a lot.

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Be guided accordingly

Where there is no guidance, a people falls,
    but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

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For a person visiting a place he has never been before, he must get some information about the area to those who are familiar to the place. I bet, tourists do research first of a country’s culture and traditions, mode of transportation, climate, etc. before they pack their bags and explore. Getting some info and researching is pretty much needed to be guided along the way to get rid of major mistakes.

When I was a kid, I hate to hear my mom or dad scolding me. I want to do things my way. I hate being corrected. Now that I am grown-up, I’ve come to realize how important it is for a parent to correct his/ her child’s bad behavior. “Strike the iron while it is hot”, they say. This is one way to lead a child to the right direction. This is one way of showing how our parents love and care for us.

Compare a teenager who is being guided accordingly to another teenager who is taken for granted and allowed to do everything he wants. Most often, those who are not directed are those who usually suffer from addictions, who fall easily into temptations, who are much prone to accidents. They are almost always resentful and blame their parents for lack of attention and affection.

I was told “ask if you do not know”. There is nothing wrong in inquiring. If we have problems that seem so hard to carry alone, share it to God and share it to godly persons who can counsel us rightfully of the proper things to do.

Admit it. We need to be guided. Do not do all things your way because sometimes what you’re doing is not how supposedly it is to be done. Listen to the advices of the elderly that you may save yourself from frustrations, pain and suffering. And most of all, allow God to lead you. He knows what to do because He is an expert especially when it comes to the most important subject called LIFE.

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Respect-Obey-Repay (Proverbs 6: 20-22)

My son, keep your father’s commandment,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
Bind them on your heart always;
tie them around your neck.
When you walk, they will lead you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.

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I was currently watching while reading my Bible. The film is about a documentary of persons who are looking for Alamid seeds. These seeds are turned into the most expensive coffee in the country. One of the respondents was interviewed and he caught my attention. He was in his mid-60s or 70s and he is living alone. I ask myself how and why on earth is he living alone when in fact he do have sons and daughters?

“I visit them once in a while and I don’t feel welcomed most often. It is as if I’ll ask for money every time I go to their houses. Even though they don’t voice it out, I could sense that they were thinking the worse of me that’s why I opted to live here in the mountains alone. They do pay me a visit but just once in a month. I am worried if I die it would take weeks before someone will know and by that time I might be in the process of decaying already”.

It pains me to hear that story. At his age, supposed to be he should already be resting and not working. Can’t his children realize the sacrifices he did just to raise them? Why is he now taken for granted?

When it comes to our parents, we should always put in mind  the acronym R-O-R which stands for Respect-Obey-Repay. No other person can love as the same way as our parents does. We can choose our friends but we cannot choose our parents.

I remember my dad and mom’s “Don’t do this!”, “Don’t do that!” commandments. As a kid it made me sick. However, as grown-up, I had come to realize the importance of their teachings. I learned to value education, I learned how to work hard and play fair. I learned to give importance to money, friends and family. Now, even though they are far away, it’s as if they are just beside me every single day because through their teachings, I am being guided. Thank God for giving me the best parents in the whole wide world. Share how proud you are of your parents too!