Friday, May 15, 2015

We are NOT "Finished" - Stay "Focused" and "Engaged"!

Image result for clipart for the word grandparentsOkay, grandmas, I get it. It is easy to have the idea, feeling, even belief, we have "done our  part", "finished our job", "deserve to step back" or however you want to phrase it, when it comes to taking care of children. But, while we did raise our children and are older and often have less energy now than we did then, it absolutely is not true we have "finished" anything, are "done" with anything or "deserve a break", or anything like these things because as grandmas, there is something we know and can see more clearly than our children. 

What is it, you ask? 

We know the time is short. We know these years fly by so quickly. We know it will not be long before these little ones with so much energy are no longer children. We know it matters NOW what we say and do with them.

It can be difficult to see these things when you are the parent living day-in and day-out with active, energetic children, but as grandparents, we see it. We know how fast the children actually grow up. We know we will barely, "turn around" and they will be grown.

We know it matters.

It matters what we do now. It matters what we say now. It matters for us to be focused on passing on a heritage of faith NOW. So, we can not sit back and say we have "done our part". No, "our part" is not finished.

As grandparents we have a very special "position". One which gives us the opportunity to share Jesus with our grandchildren who we love so very much. This is what it is talking about in Deuteronomy 6. Yes, there absolutely are responsibilities for parents - they have a primary role to play in passing on a heritage of faith, but so do we.

It matters too much for us to not be focused and intentional on passing on this heritage of faith to our grandchildren. The price is far too high if we do not do so. And, as we know all too well, the time is short.

So, lets be focused. Let's be serious. Let's be intentional. Let's be grandparents (because grandpas are part of this for sure) who pass on a heritage of faith to our grandchildren!

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