Jesus said to the Apostles: …“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’”
God. Family. Country.
Not too long ago, I was walking through the parking lot and noticed a young mom parking her car. When she got out of her car, she had two bags wrapped around her left wrist, a backpack over her right shoulder and a cell phone between her left collarbone and chin. She went around the car and opened the back door for her child to get out. He had nothing in his hands. She walked in front of him and managed to open the door for him.
I was truly amazed!
We have a debt to pay not only to God and our country but also to our parents.
One day, while I was mowing the lawn and my dad was working on the yard, I overheard my neighbor say to my dad, “You must give your son a good allowance.” I wondered what he would say. I was shocked when he said, “I do”. I couldn’t believe it! I never got money for mowing the lawn! My dad reminded me, “Well, who cooks for you? Who washes your clothes? Who buys your food?” Who? Who? Who?
We have a debt to pay.
This morning, I asked the kids from school: “How many of you turn the lights on in your bedroom?” They all raised their little hands. “How many of you pay the electricity bill each month?” Of course no one raised their hands.
Kids use the home computer they did not purchase and the Internet they did not pay for. They drink (and use) water without ever seeing the bill and sleep in the bedroom they take for granted. If only they could see the sacrifices made (and the bills that are paid) for private school, special tutoring, extracurricular activities, flu shots, dentist visits, doctor’s appointments, emergency room visits, I think they would be embarrassed for complaining so much.
There are so many people and things they take for granted. And some will actually grow up and say, “No one ever helped me.”
No, we all have a debt to pay.
When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’
Of course we all need a little bit of motivation once in a while. It’s worth it to give your children a little reward for his/her efforts in school, the chores they do, and the time they spend with grandparents. But they should never forget that they have a debt to pay.
I was proud to hear of a young man who, a few years after graduating from college, bought a graduation gift for his parents! He bought them an all expense paid trip to Italy! That is amazing. As children, how many family trips did you go on in which all your expenses were taken care of? We have a debt to pay.
We should never forget what the Lord has done for us. We can never forget what our soldiers, our friends and our country have done for us.
We should never forget what our parents have done for us. Let’s never forget, especially as they get older.