“But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.” – Deuteronomy 4:9.
Grandparents, you’ve done it! Your kids are adults! They have their own careers, and they are starting their own families. The many years of relentlessly leading and guiding your kids are paying off, and it may appear your job is done. It’s tempting to celebrate; to kick back and enjoy this new season of your life. Well, you definitely deserve some much-needed rest…but don’t celebrate too early. You’re not done yet.
Parents influence, but grandparents have an opportunity to leave a legacy with their grandkids. Grandparents have a joyful responsibility to be as involved and engaged in the spiritual formation of our grandchildren as it’s possible for us to be.
After many decades, grandparents have learned a lot about life. In fact, grandparents’ lives are encyclopedias of knowledge and lessons learned in all those years. These experiences and wisdom can be passed along and help mold and shape grandchildren. Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren…” Solomon told his son. (Proverbs 13:22) Giving grandchildren an inheritance does not mean money alone. You can give them the gift of unconditional love. You can give the grandchildren your testimony of God’s faithfulness throughout your life. You can support your grandchildren through your prayers.
Grandparents who see their role as a responsibility and work to do it well will quickly realize the truth of Proverbs 17:6: “Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged…” Leave your grandchildren a spiritual legacy; decades later, after they are grown and long after you are gone, they will continue to draw from the memories of love, inspiration, direction, encouragement, and wisdom.
Grandparents have an incredible potential to influence the next generation — and a Biblical mandate to do so. As grandparents, we want to know that our legacy of faith in Jesus Christ will outlive us in our grandchildren and the generations that follow.
- What does leaving a spiritual legacy mean to you?
- Do you see non-Christians as potential friends or simply as people God wants you to tell about him? With how many non-Christians do you have mutually beneficial relationships?