Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pass on Your Faith - Tell How God is Your Anchor in Good & Difficult Times

While our lives have blessings, times where we rejoice, there are also times which bring grief, times when we are sad and confused. This is true, and will be true, for our grandchildren as well. One of the important things for grandpas and grandmas to do, when it comes to passing on a heritage of faith, is to help give them an anchor, a rock to hold on to in those times where life is difficult.

When I think about this, I can not help but think of Horatio Spafford. Who was he, you ask? He was a wealthy business man and friend of D.L. Moody who lived in the late 1800s. He and his wife experienced extremely difficult situations - the death of their son, the loss of almost all they owned in the Chicago fire and the deaths of their daughters when a ship they were on sank in the ocean. As I said, extremely difficult situations. We might think he had "reasons" to be angry and bitter, but no! He held to his faith and penned the words to the loved hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul".

This hymn is one of my favorites - it voices the choice to trust and find peace from God when facing difficult times. Take a few minutes to look up the lyrics and you will see they express both sorrow and trust.

While we may not experience the depth of sorrow Horatio did, we, and our grandchildren, will face difficult times in our lives. If we are able to model to them the choice to trust and find our peace in God, no matter what, we will be giving them a tremendous gift. Passing on our faith is all about helping our grandchildren learn to find their joy and their peace in Jesus in both the wonderful moments of life as well as the difficult ones.

So, share with your grandchildren the times in your life when you faced difficulties. Tell them the accounts of how God has been your anchor and rock. Let them hear how you have learned to say whatever your "lot", it is well with your soul and in so doing, you will be passing on your faith. You will be equipping your grandchildren to experience the difficult times of life which are inevitable. You will be helping them learn to say, whatever their "lot", it is well with their souls, too!

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