December 10, 2013
READ: Ephesians 6:1-9
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
It is very important to esteem,treasure and place value on somethings in life. When you know the value of something you will not mistreat it or throw it away. There are some things that you do not regard because you don't know their importance or value.
When you put value on something, you treat it differently. You will not waste or disregard it. Many people do not know the importance of teachers. My mother in-law is a qualified teacher. Her pet name is "Please-Teacher". She had this sticker on her car which read,"If You Can Read This, Thank Your Teacher." It never occurred to me to value the teacher who taught me how to read. Just like many other people, I had taken the teacher for granted.
Mothers and fathers are also not valued until they are dead. Once, when I was returning home on a flight after a tour of some Lighthouse Chapel International churches, I saw a man with a giant wreath. It was the most beautiful set of flowers I had ever seen.
I wondered if he could not have bought these flowers for the person when he or she was alive. I also wondered if as much money as was used in buying the wreath was ever sent to the deceased while he or she was alive. We must place value on things and people whilst we have them with us, or we will live to regret it. The principle of valuation teaches us to value what we have, so that we treat it with care, and benefit from it while we can.
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