Monday, October 21, 2019

A Team of Vital Influencers

We grandparents (and parents) are the most influential people in the lives of our grandchildren - second only to their parents. What we say and do does influence, impact and make a significant difference in their lives, so we matter. If we want our grandchildren to grow up knowing and following Jesus with their all, like Cavin says, we have to tell them the truth about who God is and how they are able to know and walk with Him.

But, it is important for us to understand there are other people in the lives of our grandchildren who also are able to influence them; people we want to have a part in influencing our grandchildren. I am writing about leaders and teachers at church. It absolutely is the job - and joy - of grandparents and parents to hand down the faith to the children we love; not the job of the church. But, the church does have a job and a part in influencing our grandchildren. As grandparents, we need our church to do the following . . .
  • Provide trustworthy adults who are able to reinforce and hold up the truth we teach our grandchildren about Who God is and how they are able to walk with Him.
  • Provide trustworthy adults who are able to be another voice from people our grandchildren know and respect who tell them the things we are telling them.
  • Provide trustworthy adults who are able to get to know our grandchildren - and who they are able to know as well. This matters quite a bit when our grandchildren are in middle and high school.
  • Provide the opportunity for our grandchildren to make solid Christian friends. These other children/teens their age have the potential to influence our grandchildren in significant ways - and our grandchildren have the opportunity to influence them in the same ways.
Our grandchildren need vital people to influence them - of course the first most vital people are parents and grandparents, but beyond us, they need leaders, teachers and friends from church. Do all you are able to do to encourage your grandchildren to participate in their Children's and Youth Ministries, so they are able to have this influence in their lives. And, be sure your church understands how important it is for them to be part of this team of vital influencers.

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