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Are You Committed to Excellent Grandparenting?

Grandpause:

"Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them."  Dt. 4:9

“Our strategic calling as grandparents requires that we stay connected, emotionally engaged, and personally involved in our children’s and grandchildren’s lives.” – Tim & Darcy Kimmell

Colfer Grandkids copyFor four years Jim and Gwen participated in our GrandCamp in Colorado with their four grandchildren. When Jim’s health made it difficult for him to cope with the altitude, undeterred they began planning for their own special “Cousins’ GrandCamp”. They were determined to continue what they considered to be a rich tradition that was having a positive impact on their grandchildren (now teens).

They prayed that God would truly use what they had learned from previous GrandCamp experience to continue to remind their grandchildren about God’s grace and truth, prepare them for the challenges ahead, and equip them to live as wholehearted followers of Christ. They are currently planning their fourth annual Cousins GrandCamp filled with morning to evening activity, all purposefully orchestrated to maximize their time together. And the grandkids can’t wait. It’s one of the highlights of their years every year.

Why would grandparents go to such lengths to plan such an involved event?  Because Jim and Gwen take seriously their Lord’s command to teach their grandchildren the truth about who God is and what He has done, and they have chosen to do it with the utmost intentionality. They are committed to excellence as grandparents.

Now before we get too far down this path, let’s be perfectly clear about one thing. You don't have to be perfect to be an excellent grandparent. Doing week-long camps like Jim and Gwen doesn’t make you a better grandparent. Excellent grandparents are just ordinary people extraordinarily intentional about loving their grandchildren with the same excellent love that Christ shows us. They understand the urgency of this task in the face of an Enemy determined to steal our children’s hearts and minds.

Excellent grandparents are more than good grandparents. They are proactive grandparents – who like the apostle Paul are committed to finishing well so that their grandchildren might live well.

If you should be interested in doing a Cousin’s Camp-type adventure with your grandkids like Jim and Gwen do each year, let me know. We are currently developing a special resource to provide tools to help grandparents do it without reinventing the wheel themselves. You might be surprised how effectively you could produce a similar event with your grandchildren. I’d like to know if there are grandparents interested in such a resource tool. And share the idea with other grandparents you know.

If doing a GrandCamp or Cousins’ Camp is not your thing, find your own way of being an excellent grandparent. Just remember that this is no time to look for an easy way out. Excellent grandparents are connected grandparents wholeheartedly committed to leaving a legacy that matters.

I’d like to hear from you about some of the proactive kinds of things you do with your grandchildren.

Why Should We Strive for Excellence?

Grandpause:

“Excellence can be obtained if you care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical, and expect more than others think is possible.” --Anonymous

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When God gave Moses instructions about building the Tabernacle, attention to detail and quality of work were never in doubt. “So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded”  Exodus 36:1.

God’s workmanship is never sloppy or second rate, and He expects the same level of excellence from us for the work He gives us to do. In fact, Paul reminds us that “we are God’s workmanship”, which means that God was not satisfied with “just okay” when He made you.  He did not make you and say, “Oops! Oh well, that’ll just have to do, I guess.”  Sin has marred the pot—not the potter.

Read more: Why Should We Strive for Excellence?

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Grandpause:

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King JrEvents of this past year like Ferguson remind us of it. This world is far from what it was intended to be. Everyday we are struck with obvious reminders that this world is not our home. It is tainted by sin and the disappointments of injustice. Even our understanding of justice is skewed by sin, and ideological divisions keep us from loving one another as Christ has loved us.

We long for harmony and goodwill among men. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose life and work we celebrate on Monday, also longed for that day when his own children and everyone’s children would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” That day will not ever be fully realized until our Lord returns and establishes a new heaven and a new earth when all will be as it was intended to be. But in the meantime,

Read more: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Recapturing the Virtue of Excellence

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“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men…”  Eph. 6:7

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

-- Colin Powell

Dedicated to Excellence

A local automotive mechanic from our church once commented about his industry’s reputation for poor quality work and dishonesty. He acknowledged that it was not without good cause that this reputation developed. That is why he has dedicated himself and his business to excellence and honesty in everything they do. 

There is a remarkable prevalence among people in America today to do as little as possible to get by. Little consideration is given for the quality of work being performed or the consequence of sloppy work on others, particularly the consumer. Mediocrity replaces excellence for the sake of expedience, and it is well entrenched in our society.

The Bible teaches a different approach—one that paves the way for true success and happiness. It is found not in getting by with as little as you can, but in doing everything you can with wholehearted excellence. Excellence expresses the character of God and is evident in all of creation. Made in His image, it ought also to characterize our work. For the next couple of weeks, we will explore this virtue called excellence.

Read more: Recapturing the Virtue of Excellence

Start the Year with a New Discipline: A Blessing Journal

BlessingGrandparenting can be a lot of fun and a great reward. It can also be filled with more than our share of pain, sorrow and grief. I’ve known both and am in the midst of dealing with great sorrow right now.

Driving to a men’s Bible study the other day, my thoughts were filled with negativity and all that’s wrong in the world. I was soon overwhelmed with feelings of anger and blame. Suddenly, as I pulled up to a stoplight, I looked up to see

Read more: Start the Year with a New Discipline: A Blessing Journal

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