The feeling of becoming a grandparent for the first time cannot adequately be described in words. It’s something that can only be defined in heart language, with its overflowing measure of joy, hope, and delight. Entering the grandparent club is a heady experience, to be sure.
I still recall one special moment when I held my infant grandson. As our eyes met, I realized my role in the long list of “everythings” he would need to learn. I read somewhere that grandparents contribute the greatest influence over children’s lives, second only to that of the parents. It caused me to think of all the ways we, as grandparents, have to contribute.
- Teach grandsons how to be powerful men, or train them to be men of integrity.
- Teach granddaughters how to be influential women, or encourage them to develop strong inner character.
- Teach young ones to love their neighbor, or show them how to help others when needs arise.
- Teach our grandchildren about God, or live in a way that demonstrates a daily commitment to Christ.
Here’s the catch: none of these ideals are mutually exclusive. They are all compatible.
I can honestly say, “Being a Christian grandparent is an action adventure, not a spectator sport.” Each day is a contest of will and stamina. But we all have a playbook – the Bible – to help us become star athletes. Let’s all get in the game.
We have a command from our Heavenly Father to pass along our faith to future generations. It’s our duty and an honor. Welcome to the club!
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