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Parenting Grandkids

Hello Friends,

Over the last handful of weeks, I and another one of our staff pastors, Jacob Poetzl, have been writing about PARENTING. We’ve hit on various topics and age groups (ie:  babies, young kids, and teenagers). There are a few more unique aspects of parenting that I want to address over the next few weeks. But I need to give a quick disclaimer:

I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Yes, you read that right. I’m out of my power alley. I’m over my head. I’m gonna take some prayerfully educated guesses and see where this plane lands… here I go…

I want to address the topic of Parenting Grandkids. I use the term “parenting” in the broadest sense. Perhaps you are actually serving as the primary care-giver of your children’s children. That is a calling and most certainly a blessing. Most, however, do not have that full-time responsibility but rather “a place” in the lives of their grandchildren. This place is not to be dismissed lightly. It’s very important. That was the case in the life of Timothy in the Bible.

Scripture contains little direct information about Timothy but it does mention the names of people that had an impact upon him: his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois.

The Apostle Paul writes this to Timothy: “I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also” (2 Timothy 1:3-5).

According to Acts 16:1-3, Timothy’s father was a Gentile and not a believer in Jesus Christ. Yet, beginning with Timothy’s grandmother Lois, and then on to his mother Eunice,  a difference was made in Timothy as a boy, after which he would grow up to be one of the early ministers of the Church and a faithful companion and coworker alongside the Apostle Paul. Timothy had the benefits of a Godly influence from his mother and grandmother.

Grandparents rarely get much credit for the success of a child. However, it’s often these quiet forces that have been working quietly in the background to build character from the time of birth. In 2 Timothy 3:15, 16 it tells us that Timothy had been taught the Holy Scriptures since he was an infant. This is an amazing foundation!

Eunice and Lois must have been living by the Old Testament Proverb: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

How can you establish this kind of foundation in your grandchildren?

1.  Pray for your grandchildren and their parents often.

2.  Pray some more.

3.  Make Scripture a natural part of your everyday life. Let your grandchildren see the Bible alive in you.

4.  Give appropriate, biblical wisdom when necessary.  Be careful not to go overboard with this because it can be perceived as nosy and domineering.

5.  Lovingly tell your grandchildren why it’s important for them to have a right relationship with Jesus.

6.  Write each of them a personal letter with details about your faith, love for them, expectations you have of them and a passage of Scripture that has been most meaningful in your life.  This will be a very treasured gift.

Perhaps you have grandchildren and have found great ways to establish a Godly foundation.  Click on the link below and comment!

Blessings,

Pastor John

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