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A Grandparent’s Legacy

September 18, 2017
By Dr. Steve Newby

I am a grandparent. I have five active, loving and incredible grandkids.  I know there are many of us with incredible grandkids but mine are really special! That’s because they are mine! It is a wonderful blessing because I  can love them and then send them home!

I have thought about my legacy with them. This is even truer since our theme this year at TCA is To Be a Legacy. We are involved with our grandchildren but they live about an hour or so away and can’t be as involved as we would like to be. Certainly some of you share that desire to have more of life and spiritual impact on our grandkids.

Recently, through an article on the Christian Broadcasting Network website, I became aware of a book that made some suggestions on ways to build a legacy with your grandchildren. The book is titled 101 Ways to Love Your Grandchildren and the authors, Bob and Emilie Barnes suggest building the legacies of memories, faith, life and love.

Memories are important to build and share. Share stories from your life and spend time making new memories and stories through experiences with your grandchildren. Faith is of course so critical for our grandchildren to be able to understand how important our faith is to us and to them. The legacy of life is helping them to learn the Christian characteristics that coincidentally we have been learning about in our elementary chapel times. The Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-25 of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control will help them to grow in becoming more like Christ. Finally, the legacy of love that we freely give them is so important and by doing the other three legacies, your grandchildren will definitely understand how much you love them.

There’s much more to this than what I stated in the above paragraph. What I want to stress is how important we, the grandparents, are to our children and grandchildren. We need to strive to continue our involvement in their lives at whatever level we can to ensure legacies of memories, faith, life and love.

One way you can do that is with our Grandparents Day on September 22nd. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your grandkids and be a part of their Christian educational experience.