1. Listen to Your Parents
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I learned a hard lesson after 50 about taking time to listen to parents.
As children, we don’t want to listen to them. We think we know everything especially when we're teenagers. But what they have to say to us is usually tried and true and for our benefit.
Right before Dad became so forgetful in his old age, he wanted to tell me something important. We were visiting my parents in Missouri, sitting in the living room. There were other conversations going on and their wild, little puppy was jumping all over the place.
I gave Dad my attention and listened to him...but I wasn't fully engaged. Mostly, because of the cute puppy...but also because of everything else going on in the room.
I was unaware of how serious his forgetfulness actually was because we were living out of state. Nobody knew he had undiagnosed Alzheimer’s at that time.
To my dismay, it was the last important conversation we had. He soon began to forget everything.
I wish so desperately I’d pulled up a chair close beside him and given him my full attention. I wish I would have asked him some questions because it was my last chance to have that type of conversation with my dad.
Listening to parents is not just for kids—it’s for grown-ups, too.
Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the LORD your God is giving you. – Deuteronomy 5:16
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