The Best Part of Being a Grandparent

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[It's my pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Larry McCall, a new friend I met this year who has been such a blessing to me. I know he will be to you too. Larry is Founder and Director of Walking Like Jesus Ministries and author of Loving Your Wife as Christ Loves the Church. He is currently writing a book called “Gospel-Centered Grandparenting”.]


So, what do you think is the best part of being a grandparent? What’s that well-worn quip? “The best thing about being a grandparent is that you can spoil the grandkids then send them home to their parents!” Really? That’s it? That’s the best thing about being a grandparent? Hmmm . . . I hope not! Who wants spoiled children running around? There’s got to be something better. So, what is the best part of being a grandparent?

I think for most of us grandparents, our “enjoyment quotient” is high.

You know, “If I had realized having grandchildren would be this much fun I would have had them first!” That’s great. I’m glad you’re enjoying being a grandparent. My wife and I are enjoying being grandparents, too. Let’s have fun with those grandkids, my friends. Let’s keep our “enjoyment quotient” high.

But, I wonder how high our “understanding quotient” is as grandparents. What I mean is, how much time and effort have we put into trying to understand God’s calling on our lives as grandparents? How proactive have we been in exploring the Bible to find out what God expects of Christian grandparents?

When my wife and I were asked to teach a class on gospel-centered grandparenting, we were taken a bit by surprise. It’s not that we were against the idea. We just hadn’t given it much thought. We had done a fair amount of teaching on marriage over the years, and on parenting issues, too. But, grandparenting? Who ever heard of a class on grandparenting? No one had ever given us any systematic teaching on grandparenting. Yet, here we were, the grandparents of six very-much-loved grandchildren, sincerely doing the best we knew how to prayerfully point them to Christ, even though we had never been given any specific training in this awesome ministry of grandparenting.

Well, we said “yes” to the invitation to teach the class on grandparenting. We knew we had a lot to learn. So, we began in earnest to search God’s Word on his calling on our lives as grandparents.

One part of God’s Word that we found especially helpful in increasing our “understanding quotient” of the ministry of grandparenting was Psalm 145. There we found God calling us to be intentionally engaged in an inter-generational spiritual relay. Are you familiar with Psalm 145?

Go ahead. Turn or tap to that Psalm right now. Do you see what we saw? God wants us to intentionally bless the coming generations by exalting Him as we pass the baton of faith. We are to engage our grandchildren by faithfully and passionately talking to them about:

  • God’s greatness (verses 3-6)
  • God’s goodness (verses 8-10)
  • God’s sovereignty (verses 11-13a)
  • God’s daily provision (verses 13b-17)
  • God’s saving grace (verses 18-20)

Having fun with our grandkids is great! But, that’s not the best part of grandparenting. The best part is having the amazing privilege of passing the baton of faith.

So, as we interact with our grandchildren whether it’s a face-to-face conversation, through a card we might send, over the phone or through social media, we can intentionally talk to our grandchildren about God, his glory and the delight we can have in him through Christ. And, Lord willing, what will be the end result? “That they might set their hope in God” (Psalm 78:7). Isn’t that what we want more than anything else for our grandchildren?

Now, that’s the best part of being a grandparent!



#5 Larry McCall 2017-05-16 08:04
Pass along to others
#4 Debbie 2017-05-15 06:51
I couldn't agree more with the comments already posted. I've realized that teaching my grandchildren about our Lord and Savior needs to be age appropriate and something that they can understand. My six year old granddaughter asked me recently if God was a man or a woman! She's been taught that he is our heavenly father and that she is a child of God, who wants great things for her and who will always be there for her, so her question threw me a bit, but at least she's asking them!
#3 Dawn Onufrock 2017-05-15 05:53
Thank you for this. its so easy to slip into the trap of trying to be the ultimate "fun grandparent". (We can already imagine the many FB "Likes" we might receive!) I want to enjoy my grandkids, but God's call on my life has always been and will always be to display His worth and glory. Thank you for another Scripture to remind me of my ultimate goal of being a grandparent.
#2 Gwen 2017-05-14 21:18
I heartily agree with Larry & Linda! We've done that with what appear to be awesome results! Grandchildren love the Lord, and as teenagers want Him as Lord of their lives! We never know what the future brings, but we rest in the knowledge that we grandparented passing on the Faith to them with intentionality, thanks to what we learned from CGN and Cavin! Thank you!!
#1 Linda Thomas 2017-05-14 19:28
Your message is so true! Delightful! Psalm 145:4 and onward caught my attention a number of years ago: "One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts... They will tell of the power of your awesome deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness...." Etc. Those verses combined with Deuteronomy 4:9 turned my life around. That verse says, "Always remember what you've seen God do for you and be sure to tell your children and grandchildren!" Since then I've written two memoirs for my kids and grandkids and have been blogging about and teaching memoir classes. It's a glorious ministry! When we share our stories with our kids and grandkids, God uses them in many ways. Thanks for your inspiring post here.

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