Thought for the week with Rev. Ian McLachlan - Not the only day to honour parents

Jesus was once asked by a rich young ruler what he needed to do to gain eternal life. Jesus replied by listing some of the Ten Commandments that God had given his people.

All of them were things that people should not do apart from one and that was the commandment to ‘Honour your father and mother’. This coming Sunday is a day when people will get an opportunity to ‘honour their mother’ on ‘Mothering Sunday’.

Over the years this has become the day of the year when most people make an effort to do something special for the person who brought them into the world. It is said that for most people the first person that they relate to is their mother. If this is a good relationship then it is highly likely that it will provide a positive blueprint for all future relationships.

While there is this special day set aside for us to highlight the important role that mothers play in people’s lives - surely it should not be only day of the year that we should honour our parents.

In the same way that sadly there are some people who only honour God on the occasional day in the year; there are also people who only make a effort to show gratitude to their parents on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

While Sunday is often known as the Lord’s Day, we should make sure that God is honoured every other day of the year as well.