Get the Blessing, Not the Curse
To all who saw her she was just a poor, hardworking woman. Her shoulders and back bent forward from years of manual labor, and her clothes were faded and worn. She spent as little as possible on herself, because in her heart was a cherished dream: one day she would stand beside her only son when he graduated from college. All her sacrifices would then be worthwhile.
The long-awaited day finally arrived. She traveled to the college eager to share in this special event. As she greeted her son, she anticipated expressions of joy and appreciation. Instead her son said, “Mother, I don’t know how to say this, but I don’t want my friends to know that you are my mother.” Shocked, she asked, “Why would you say that, Son?” He stammered a moment and responded, “Well, you are not very well dressed, and your appearance is an embarrassment.” The mother was crushed and stunned by what her son had said. Through his attitude and actions, he had just violated the following command that Jesus gave:
“Honor thy father and mother: and, he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death” (Matthew 15:4).