"Start children off on the way
they should go,
and even when they are old
they will not turn from it."
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
Ever since my grandsons were little boys, I made sure that I talked to them about having a relationship with God, about thinking of others and about being a blessing to those around them.
When I picked them up from school, I didn't ask questions like, how was your day. I asked questions like, "Who did you bless today?" "Who did you encourage today?" "How did God help you today?"
Their answers were always so cute. "I shared my red crayon with Fernando." or "I held the door open for a girl." Of course, as they got older, the answers changed and sometimes I just got, "I don't know." from them. (mostly through the preteen years) Sometimes I even got the old eye roll, which let me I was really being uncool.
Today, I picked up the 16 year old. He got in the car and as we pulled away from the school, he said, "So, Grandma, how did God use you today?"
My grandma heart nearly burst with joy and pride. Of course, I acted all cool, like he asks those kind of questions every day. That question led to a great conversation between us. Talk about a blessing from God!
Grandparents - you are a vital part of building into the lives of your grandchildren. Parents can't do it all on their own. It takes a family to raise a child, and that includes extended family. Start when they are young, build a great relationship with them, support their parents, encourage them to respect and honor others (most especially their parents). Pray for them continually and speak into their spiritual lives. Pick moments when they are most open. Give them age-appropriate suggestions about how to implement God's word into their lives.
One day, God will give you that special moment when you know that you were getting through to them. What a day that will be! Let the rejoicing begin!
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