Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Value of Grandparents!

A dear friend of mine is of Arabic heritage and one day when we were talking about being grandmothers, she shared an Arabic saying with me which speaks to how her culture values grandparents . . . "If you do not have a grandparent in the house, go buy one!"

This saying likely put a smile on your face - as it did mine when she shared it with me - because as the Oxford Study showed, which was referred to in a Moody Radio program with Tim Kimmel a couple months ago, families benefit when there is a grandparent in the home - or at least are significantly involved in the lives of their grandchildren.

Grandparents have much to offer - this is the reason for the Legacy Coalition and the reason for the Legacy Grandparenting Summit. Grandparents have a God-given "job" to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren. This is a serious responsibility and a source of great joy at the same time as both grandparents and grandchildren benefit in significant ways when they spend time together!

So, if you are a grandparent, look for ways you will invest your time and your wisdom in your grandchildren's lives. If you are a pastor or church leader, look for ways you will engage, equip and encourage grandparents in your church to pass on a heritage of faith to their grandchildren. The results will impact generations!

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