"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." (2 Timothy 1:7)
I wonder how many Christian grandparents today could be described as audacious (bold, fearless, uninhibited, inventive). I run into many grandparents who are intimidated and threatened by their own adult children or spouses, if they should have a spouse. These are grandparents who tuck their tails between their legs and resign themselves to decisions by their adult children and spouses to cut off relationships with their own grandchildren or to pursue dangerous choices that will most likely harm their grandchildren. Why are they afraid to do what is right for the sake of their grandchildren? Is it possible to be so audacious that a grandparent could dare to go on the offensive in such a way that would address and even repair the damage?
Don’t take me wrong. I am not suggesting a hard-nosed, demanding, know-it-all attitude towards your adult children. That’s likely what created the rift in the first place. Nor am I suggesting that your job is to play God and try to fix everything. What I am saying is that God’s Word clearly says that you have not been given a spirit of timidity and fear, but “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” Fear paralyzes you from taking action. Foolish arrogance will likely turn any action you take into disaster. Love, on the other hand, motivates and directs audacious faith so that it always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. (I Cor. 13:7)
In other words, the kind of audacious faith I’m talking about is driven by a confident knowledge that God is bigger than your problems. He makes possible the impossible. Audacious faith does not let you quit or run away in fear. Rather, it drives you to your knees in humble surrender of your will and agenda to God’s agenda. It causes you to face your own sins so that reconciliation is possible. It seeks wisdom and strength to act according to God’s purposes through His power. Then it compels you to get up and do something—guided by the Spirit in truth and grace.
There’s something else about audacious faith—it is a community affair. As members of Christ’s body, the support and wisdom of a community of believers is essential. Audacious faith is not another form of individualism. It finds its greatest impact through a community of audacious Christ followers where there is encouragement to endure and support to help stay on course.
Imagine what would happen if you and grandparents everywhere decided to live life with an audacious faith because you know and serve a God who is bigger than any power, any authority or any problem you could ever face. Just imagine! You might just discover that the grand has once again returned to grandparenting!
GRANDPAUSE: Faith is a plant that can grow in the shade, a grace that can find the way to heaven in a dark night. ?William Gurnall
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