I’m back from vacation and do I feel refreshed! I took a much needed break from life and the internet (although I wasn’t completely disconnected) to spend quality time with Julianne and the kids. Along these same lines, you might want to see what my buddy Gini Dietrich wrote about today about creating white space…although geared towards business, it’s very appropriate for taking time away and focusing on your life!
OK…so why do I have you here today? Last week at Portage Lake Covenant Bible Camp, Craig Swanson from First Evangelical Covenant Church walked us through a timeless classic, the 10 Commandments. What was amazing to me was how relevant these continue to be today especially when you really dig into what they mean and just how interconnected the 10 are together. There is a depth and breadth to them that when you really sit down and study them, they come to life.
For today, I want to focus on the 5th Commandment: “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12 NIV)
At face value, I think we all grew up as children understanding we needed to respect and obey our parents. This is what we know of as “honoring” them. However, it’s becoming more and more common to discount what those that are older and wiser have in experience just because we think they don’t get it because “it’s not relevant” today. Why do we do this? Those that have come before us, whether in life or in business, have so much to offer! There is something to be said from “learning from my mistakes.” Most of us have access to leaders that are willing to invest in our lives so that we can be successful and not make the same mistakes that many have made before us. Craig Groeschel from LifeChurch.tv beautifully communicates what this can look like in his talk from Catalyst last year.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
What happens when we do this? Let me take you back to my vacation from last week. PLCBC is an intergenerational experience. You see families that have been going to camp for almost 50 years. The grandparents went as kids and then sent their children. Those children are now adults with families and they are now sending their kids. Each of the generations interacts with each other and you see the children and young adults go to those that “have been there” and honor them. In return, you are seeing the “sages” pour into the lives of the younger generations.
From an organizational perspective or family perspective, are you honoring your “father and mother” or those that came before you?