Thursday, May 14, 2020

Live Intentionally - Do Something Which Lasts

Parents are the most influential people in the lives of children and grandparents are the second most influential. This is powerful information for us - especially as grandparents - because we naturally understand the role of parent and how as parents we are able to influence children in ways no other is able to do. But, as grandparents we often do not understand the powerful role, or powerful potential, we hold just because we are grandparents. When we realize the impact we are able to make in the lives of our grandchildren it leaves only one thing for us to do . . . intentionally and faithfully impact their lives.

This means we need to make the most of the time we are given. By this I mean the days, months years (whatever God decides) which are before us. None of us know how long we will live, but it is likely we have fewer days before us than we do behind us. We need to make the most of the time we have to intentionally and faithfully impact the lives of our children and grandchildren.

When I think about the time we have as grandparents I think about the time we have with our grandchildren. As grandparents we typically do not see our grandchildren every day. While some of us are blessed to see them every week - or even every few days, some of us may only see them a few times a year due to the geographical distance between us. And if we are still under stay at home orders with Covid-19, we may be experiencing distance grandparenting even if we live near. Whether we live near or far, see our grandchildren often or not so often, and regardless of the number of days before us, we need to make the most of the time we are given to  intentionally and faithfully impact the lives of the people in our family.

We know this is true, because God tells us this in His Word as well; look at . . . 

  • Ephesians 5:16 - Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
  • Colossians 4:5 - Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
  • Psalm 90:12 - So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
  • Galatians 6:10 - So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1 - For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
God wants us to make the best use of the time He has given us, to be wise, to understand for every part of our life (including our years as grandparents), there is a season and time, and to make the most of every opportunity we have to intentionally and faithfully impact the lives of our family.

If you think this is too much to do as we age, remember Isaiah 40:31 -
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
We do not have to do this on our own; God will renew our strength and He will be there with us every step of the way! So, lets make the most of the time we have, be the second most influential people in the lives of our grandchildren and focus upon intentionally and faithfully impacting the lives of our families. What could possibly matter more?

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose

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