For some, honoring your parents is easy, for others not so much — your response likely based on what they have or have not done or are doing now. Regardless of the choices they have made in their lives, you owe them honor because they are the reason you are here. Do you have children? A job you enjoy? Do you love the beauty of the mountains or the splendor of a sunset on the ocean? You would know none of that without your parents. Whether or not your parents cared that they created you, you are here because of them; without them, there is no you. Whether you like it or not, you owe your life to your parents, and for that, you should honor them.
I am not condoning behaviors that are careless or hurtful, but I also know that there is only one Judge, and it is not me. As far as dealing with wounds that you may have from those who gave you life, God can turn that into something beautiful if you let Him — a topic for another day.
As you owe honor to your parents for giving you life, you owe God that even more so. There may be things that you don’t like about God, and so you have sought to distance yourself from Him. Do you realize, though, that without Him there would be no you? Every good thing you experience in life is because of Him. Every success you achieve is because of what He has given you. You could not so much as move a finger without the ability He supplies to your brain and your muscles. And, unlike your parents may have been, God is good… always. If you don’t see Him that way, start talking to Him about it. He wants you to know Him and to know that He is good.
You may no longer need your parents, but you will always need God because He didn’t just supply life to you once (like your parents did), but He supplies it for you every moment of every day, from the air you breathe to the things you accomplish because of the ability He supplies. You cannot live without Him, nor were you ever meant to. There will come a day, though, when He will let you go if that’s what you choose. I cannot even imagine what that is like, but it is clear in the Bible that it is horrible.
Will you honor God today for the life He has given you? Will you choose to let the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, cover your sins? That is the only way to life eternal.