How to Live a Long Life

Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. ~ Ephesians 6:2

In our society today the picture of the family has changed dramatically since the time the Apostol Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesian church in order to bring unity to the family of believers. He told them to honor their parent’s in order for their lives to be fulfilled and extended.

Today who are our parents? Some of us were not raised by our biological parents, either due to death, adoption, rejection or crime. Some of us were raised by extended family members or by people outside our biological family, like in the foster care, neighboring tribal families or school staff at boarding schools.

As I pondered this scripture the Holy Spirit directed me to the revelation that we all have multiple parents. Yes we have the parents that raised us, however during our journey in life we will have individuals who will aid in the process of our up bringing, molding us to be better people, these are our spiritual parents.

Last night I had the privilege to honor my aunt Dr. Mary E. Youngblood at her Pastors appreciation ceremony that her church members hosted. My mother, Evangelist Savannah Reed and uncle, Reverend Bill Skinner were present also. It was a night that I will forever have etched in my heart and be remembered due to the overflow of wisdom and grace that was poured out from these spiritual giants of the Kingdom into my life. As I sat at their tutelage eating every word that came from their lips I realized that they all had a great effect on who I had become today and were considered not only my biological family but my spiritual parents also.

Your spiritual parents are those who love you, pray for you, hold you up, correct you, and teach you. They tell you the truth even when it hurts and nurse you back to life when you hurt. Your spiritual parents may not always look like you, sometimes they are in disguise and are in the form of your school teacher, the bus driver, or even your aunts and uncles. But my charge to you is when you identify your parents naturally and spiritually honor them with your love, time, respect and resources and you will receive God’s promise of a long joyfully fulfilled life.

Until next time beloved…Do Life Big!

Jacquelyn Rivers

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