Here is ‘A Story’ that makes us reflect ourselves whether I am the good daughter [dutiful child] or the bad daughter [undutiful child].
It is all about the heart and mind toward our parents, and the recognition how much we have been loved boundlessly by them.
There was a son whose parents were concerned a lot about him, because he was notorious and well-known as the bad son [undutiful child] in the village. His parents, very rich, had treated him like a precious child by giving the name ‘JewelryBoy’ and had spared nothing for him. But he was not worthy of the name nor their love, due to his misbehavior and bad conduct.
On the other hand, there was an exemplary son in the next town, whose parents were being praised by the neighbors, because he was well-known to be the good son [dutiful child]. Although his parents were very poor, but all the villagers envied them who had named him ‘BlessedBoy’, and they estimated the good son to deserve that name.
His parents always started the day by giving thanks and praise to God, Who gave ‘BlessedBoy’ to them.
One day the bad son’s parents decided to send their son to the next town so that he could learn what the actual filial piety means and how to serve the parents from the good son, ‘BlessedBoy’.
‘JewelryBoy’ reluctantly went to the next town and began to observe the good son’s activities for a day.
In the morning before the good son’s father put on the shoes, he had put them on in advance for a while and then let his father wear them. In the evening the time came when his father returned home; the good son had put on the father’s sweater in advance and then let his father wear it. At night he even had got into the bed that his parents were using and then let them lie on the bed.
While watching the good son; he was doing for a day; the bad son looked down on him scorned, saying “Filial piety is not a big deal. Everybody can do like him. I will surprise my parents with all activities that I learned here.”
After the bad son finished the observation, he came back home. He was willing to show off himself in front of his parents, expecting to receive a huge compliment.
He had put on the father’s shoes before his father went out and had put his father’s sweater on before his father came back home and even had got into bed in advance before his parents did.
However all that he received from his parents was not a single praise, rather the serious discipline and rebuke. The bad son could not understand at all. What was wrong with him?
There is a manifest truth. Even though two sons’ activities looked same, but their intentions were different.
The bad son just imitated the good son’s act, with no heart, nor mind. His purpose didn’t originate to fathom his parents’ love, so the outcome of his way of his actions was worthless to them.
Consequently the bad son didn’t learn the actual filial piety.
The reasons the good son acted were to please his parents, warming the shoes, sweater and even the bed, with his body heat.
I think this story have me reflect; which child am I? I start to contemplate how I put my heart and my soul and my mind into all my activities to please my Elohim God; Christ Ahnsahnghong and Jerusalem Heavenly Mother (Mother God).
1 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me. [Apostle Paul]
Matthew 22:35~36 Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”