Do you believe in the Ten Commandments? Do you believe that they are just a good guideline for how to live your life, or do you believe that they are actual commandments, literally written in stone by the hand of God himself? I believe that they are in deed commandments from our literal Father in Heaven.
As a young mother I had to decide what kind of parent I would be. Would I be as strict as my parents were, as lenient as my husband's were, would I be sweet and gentle, or strict and domineering? After reading the ten commandments one day it suddenly struck me, the fact that "Honor thy father and thy mother" was written on the very same stone tablets as "Thou shalt not kill" and "Thou shalt not steal". It was a pretty heavy realization for me at the time and has continued to be a guiding thought as I strive to be a good mother. I try not to sweat the small stuff and to pick and choose my battles but we have always made respect for parents a MUST in our home and I have seen so many good things come of it for our children. They are constantly being praised for their manners and ability to talk with adults. We are able to have so much fun together without loosing our roles as parents because our children understand that we have a job to do as their mom and dad.
I've often wondered, since that moment of enlightenment, about the fact that no where on the Ten Commandments does it say, "Pick your favorite three to obey." Yet that seems to be the attitude of many who say they believe in the Ten Commandments. The only Commandments I ever here quoted by others are the ones about killing, stealing, and adultery. But if they were all important enough to be etched in stone by the hand of the Lord, shouldn't they all be just as important to us as not killing, stealing, or committing adultery? It can be very hard to keep some of the softer sounding commandments like, "Thou shalt not bear false witness" or "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain," but I think they have all been written for very very good reasons and should not be ignored. Currently we, as a family, are really working on, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." It is one thing not to work on the sabbath, it is much harder to "keep it holy." So, if any of you have any suggestions on how to keep the sabbath day holy, please share them with me.