Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right (Ephesians 6:1).
Parents, you know you love this verse.
Plaster it on your kid’s wall…on your kid’s lunch box…bathroom mirror…
Heck–plaster it on your kid.
Kids, I got a little something for you here. You know that phrase, “in the Lord,” that Paul uses? It means basically the same thing as when Paul told wives to submit to their husbands, “as unto the Lord.” See, no matter how amazing your parents are, you may not always catch the wisdom in what they decide for you. Furthermore, Paul knows that some parents are not exactly the strongest, wisest, most obeyable folks out there. But your job is to obey your parents as an act of obedience to God. You have to trust that God knows what he’s doing, even when you may wonder about the people he’s put in charge of you. So, unless your parents are taking you in a direction that clearly violates God’s law–
and curfew does not–
you gotta suck it up, trust, and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.
That’s one of those hokey, old-timey hymns that happens to make a ton of sense.
Happy Monday, Beloved.