We experience this love as parents, but experiencing it with our children’s children is doubly sweet. It gives us yet another glimpse of how our heavenly Father loves us.
Since Emma’s birth nine years ago, we’ve been blessed with six other grandchildren, each as enjoyable as the first.
Grandparenting is a unique and significantly different role than parenting. It helps us understand God’s love in new ways and gives us an awesome mission in our senior years.
We might paraphrase Ephesians 2:10: “We are grandparents by God’s design, created in Christ Jesus to do good works in the lives of our grandchildren, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
What are some of these good works? How can we be deliberate and wise in fulfilling this special calling?
1. Share Our GiftsShortly after my 6-year-old granddaughter, Emma, started first grade, we began our “Bible Club.”
One day a week I pick her up after school for a Bible story time that always includes a craft or fun object lesson.
One week we studied Psalm 19:9,10 which describes God’s Word as more precious than gold and sweeter than honey. I bought chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil symbolizing both sweetness and wealth. Emma loved eating the lesson that week.
“How long will we keep having our Bible Club, Grammy?” she asked me.
“I’m not sure,” I answered.
“Maybe when I go to college we’ll have to stop,” she said seriously.
My heart smiled.
Teaching is one of my gifts, so it’s natural that I use it in my relationship with my grandchildren. Your gift may be cooking, sewing, music, gardening, athletics, or woodworking. Whatever it is, be deliberate about sharing it with your grandchildren in fun and meaningful ways.
If you’d like to do a Bible Club but need ideas and materials, check out Ministry to Children, one of many online sites with ready-made lessons.
While I know we won’t continue our Bible Club until Emma’s college years, I’m eager to take advantage of these days while she enjoys it. Perhaps this use of my teaching gifts will be the most significant ministry of my life.
Why not leave a comment and share ways that you share your gifts with your grandchildren.
This article is part of an article that was published in Reach Out Columbia, September 2012.
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