This past Friday I spoke at Grandparents Day at Heritage Christian School (we have four grandchildren who are students at Heritage). It was one of the most fun talks I’ve ever given because I got to talk about my grandkids.
Here are THREE OF FUNNY STORIES from my grandkids…
When my grandson, Craig, was 3 years old he told his mom that he wanted a new mom, one that would give him his way. Randi (his mom) said, “Ok, but where would I go?” Without hesitating Craig suggested, “To one of the church dads!”
Kathy asked Audrey (age 4): “What did they talk about in Sunday School today?” Audrey answered, “O, they talked about Jesus and God…” Audrey’s voice trailed off as she got a very reflective look and added, “I just love those guys!”
Our grandson, Levi, was 6 when he told his mom, “Mom, the other night I had a nightmare. You were kissing me on the cheek goodnight and you turned into a zombie and sucked my brains out!”
Being a grandparent is an awesome thing, but it comes with getting older. And age can be a challenge.
Here are a few one-liners about aging:
“Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.”
“Aging gracefully is like the nice way of saying you’re slowly looking worse.”
“The older I get, the earlier it gets late.”
“You know you are old when you spot that first gray hair…on your kid.”
“I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.”
We all want to be the very best grandparents, so… HOW DO WE HAVE SUCCESS IN OUR ROLE AS GRANDPARENTS?
- Teach Your Grandchildren The Word Of God. Yes grandpa and grandma it is your responsibility to teach the Bible to your grandkids. The Lord knows that we’re always only one generation away from losing the faith. That’s why the Lord built in a safety net by giving this command to grandparents. If your children object, remind them God has commanded that you teach them about the Lord.
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them” (Deuteronomy 4:9).
- Testify To Your Grandchildren About God’s Faithfulness. One of the most important ways for you to infuse your grandchildren with faith in Jesus Christ is to tell them your stories of God’s faithfulness. Kids love to hear your stories. Tell them the stories of how God has been faithful to you in many different times and situations.
- Leave Your Grandchildren A Spiritual Inheritance. So often when we think of an inheritance we think of money, or wealth. But leaving an inheritance of money may or may not be a blessing to your grandchildren. Leaving them a spiritual inheritance—a deep foundation of faith—is an inheritance they can’t outspend or outlive.
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22a).
- Be The Pride Of Your Grandchildren. This passage has always made me smile. It has an unexpected twist. The first part of this proverb says that grandchildren are their grandparents’ crown. Of course I totally understand, as my grandkids are my crown and joy! But it says that parents (and by extension grandparents) are the pride of their children. How cool is that? Your grandkids are proud of you. They enjoy introducing their friends to you. They are looking up to you and consider you their blessing.
“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children” (Proverbs 17:6).
ONE MORE THING…
God taught me something profound about Himself through my grandkids. On a wall in our living room we have 8″ x 10″ pictures of each of our 18 grandkids (see picture). When I glance up and see all those faces my heart is filled to the overflowing. I think how much I love them and what an incredible blessing the Lord has given us through these beautiful kids.
But when I look at each individual face my heart almost bursts with love for that one grandchild as I am filled with joy. I think about the special relationship I have with that one grandkid, and a huge smile breaks across my face. I almost laugh at the pure delight of having him or her in my life!
At that moment the Lord prompts my heart to remind me that’s how He sees His kids. He loves all of us in a group. When He thinks of all His children His heart fills with love and joy. But then when He looks at me He delights in me and His heart is filled with overflowing love for me… individually… personally… specifically… He delights in having me as His child! Wow! He rejoices over me with singing!
“The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Grandkids are one of God’s most wonderful ideas. If you’re a grandparent I hope you will be the very best you can be by applying God’s instructions to your Grandparenting. May every one of your grandkids grow up the love the Lord with all whole heart!
Onward in God’s love,