We often overlook the wisdom and strength that can come from older loved ones in our lives. Too often we discount their wisdom as being old-fashioned, out-of-date, too restrictive, or not keeping up with the times. In the brokenness of our current state, culture, and family, we do not look to our grandparents for stable wisdom and love. On the other hand, grandparents have often stepped-back from providing wisdom and strength because they believe their wisdom is not wanted. They may also believe that they do not have much to offer in our ever-changing world. I can only tell you that God has a plan for everyone’s life, and His call for grandparents is strong within the family.
In 2 Timothy 1:5, we read, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.” Timothy, who was a companion of the Apostle Paul and a New Testament Pastor, is reminded of the influence of his grandmother’s faith in his life. I want to remind and challenge grandparents to influence their families including their grandchildren toward faith in Jesus Christ. In the brokenness of our culture, please do not allow the world to tell you that influencing your grandchildren for faith is useless. There is great power from the Holy Spirit in communicating your faith to your family. Remember Proverbs 17:6, “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” What better crown than being able to pass along your faith to your family.
I came home from the church building the other day, and my kids were really excited to bring up a story from my childhood. They could remember the story in great detail, and could not wait to remind me that I had gotten in “big” trouble from my parents. Another area where your influence, wisdom, and strength can be helpful is messaging truths to your grandchildren. We read in Exodus 10:1-2, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.’”
Moses was told to tell this truth to both his children and grandchildren that God is in control. This truth is important and can be effectively messaged and reinforced by grandparents. If my parents tell my children something is important, it really resonates with my children. Our world and the church need more of this influence, wisdom, and strength to combat the impact of this broken world on our youth and children. Please, young people, listen to the messages from your grandparents and older saints that love and care for you. Please grandparents do not give away your opportunity to pass along your faith and effectively message the truth to the next generations.