READ : Proverbs 1:8-9
There were three candles on the cake. Friends and family members watched as the child tore open the presents, looked each one over and then went on to the next. When the last gift was open, the child said, “I want to blow out my candles.” Everyone waited expectantly for the parents to prompt the child: “What do you say to all these nice people who brought you these presents?” The parents prompted; the child sweetly said, “Thank you for the nice presents.”
A child whose parents teach him or her to say “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry,” to let others choose first, to share toys, to not interrupt, to answer respectfully is seen as a beautiful child. These teachings are like ornaments the child wears reflecting favorably on the parents.
Good manners enhance Christian life and witness (1 Peter 3:15-16). How important it is for parents to teach courtesy and thankfulness and to model these behaviors. This is not only important in human relationships, but in our relationship to God, our Father, who gives us all things. He awaits our words of thanks. He is pleased by respectful worship. His heart responds in love to the words “Please forgive me.” He glows when His children share generously with others. Parents have an important calling as teachers in human and divine relationships.
Lord, help us to reflect Your beauty as we follow Your parental teaching. Thank You for all Your gifts to us. Amen.