Friday, February 21, 2020

Be Their Influence

Who are the most influential people in the lives of your grandchildren/ children? Well, according to Barna, the top five influences in the life of young people are . . .
  1. Their parents
  2. Other family members - this is typically where we see the influence of grandparents - and yes, we have influence!
  3. Teachers and coaches
  4. Friends
  5. Pastors, youth or children's leaders
As grandparents (parents) we have tremendous influence in the lives of our grandchildren/children, but if we do not intentionally focus upon taking advantage of this influence and plan for opportunities to hand down the faith, we will leave a huge hole in the lives of the children we love. God created families to work in a way where parents and grandparents are the most influential people in the lives of the children - this is why throughout Scripture you see where God tells us to hand down the faith to our children and our children's children.

So, what are you going to do? Are you going to take the influence you have and use it to hand down the faith, or will you leave it to someone else to influence the children God has given to you? Now, you may have teachers/coaches and friends who are believers and who will be a positive influence in the lives of your grandchildren/ children, but they may not. And, while certainly we want the leaders in church to be a positive influence, many children are only at church once or twice a month which certainly reduces the influence church leaders are able to have.

When it comes to who is influencing our grandchildren/children, we must not just leave it to others and hope they influence them to love, know, walk and talk with God. We must not. We must step up and be the ones who influence the children we love.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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