Monday, December 14, 2020

Love God & All Others

When Jesus walked this Earth, He was asked what the most important command was for people to follow. He answered - 

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

It matters to God if we love Him and others. When we love God and others, we will have no problem following the rest of the commandments - we will not lie, kill, steal, covet, etc. So, what does it look like if we really love God and others? Well, when we love, we grandmas (and grandpas/parents, too) we will . . .

  • Hand down confident faith, because we want our children, grandchildren, and generations who follow to be people of faith.
  • Live in a way which shows by the words we speak and the things we do, we are people who love God and all others.
  • Find ways to connect with and stay in touch with our children, grandchildren, and future generations - we are not able to impact them if we do not stay in touch with them.
  • Hold tightly to the truth, especially in a world where the truth is so casually tossed aside.
These are just a few of the ways we will show we love God and all others - and they are all ways which will impact those we love. As Philip Yancey said;

The self-sacrificing, servant aspect of the Christian life has many parallels to (grand)parenthood.

When we love God and others, we will be willing to do what love demands, rather than worry about being sure we protect our "rights". Just because we have the "right" to do something, it does not mean it is "right" for us to do it. Love makes us do what is right. This is becoming something rare - too many people (sadly including too many Christians) are so focused upon getting their "rights", and their "right" to do/say what they want, they lose sight of what really matters - loving God and all others. We grandmas (and grandpas) who are committed to hand down confident faith know this truth and take it to heart - because we love God and others! 

#grandmas #handingdownaconfidentfaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose 

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