When I became a grandfather, I had no idea what a grandparent was supposed to do. I was given a t-shirt that read: Grandpa’s To-Do List… 1) Fill ‘em up with sugar; 2) Send ‘em home. That is often the prevailing view of grandparenting. Grandparenting is fun, but there’s more to it than just good times. There might be times when it’s not so grand. Yet, both joy and pain can be opportunities to help our grandchildren understand what it means to know, love and serve Christ. That requires intentionality and some learning on our part.
That’s what our mission at CGN—to engage and equip grandparents to effectively influence their grandchildren for Christ. There’s too much to lose if we don’t. There’s also no greater joy than to see them walking in the truth.
That’s why I’m eager to share with you three key ministry projects we launched in 2016. This is a mission we cannot do alone. We need partners like you to accomplish it. So, here are three momentous projects we have launched for 2016 for which your help is needed to accomplish:
“God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:6 (NIV)
The police found Misha on the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia, at the age of seven. He was placed in an orphanage because he had no other family. The orphanage did its best to be a family for Misha, but it is hard when there are so many who need attention.
That did not stop Roy and Ann of Long Island, New York, from stepping in and becoming adoptive grandparents to Misha. They loved him and raised him as their own. Misha grew up knowing that he was deeply loved, that he was greatly valued, and that he would never again be alone. It was not always easy because of the deep scars from being an abandoned child, but thanks to adoptive parents who cared about him, Misha, now a young adult, knows he belongs to a loving family.
From the beginning of Creation, God designed families as the foundational structure in which human beings find identity, a place of belonging, and where they learn what it means to be loved and to love. But family is more than just a mom and dad and their kids.
A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children. Proverbs 13:22
You’ve probably seen the bumper stickers on the back of a large RV truckin’ down the highway. It reads, “I’m spending my kids’ inheritance.” The first time I saw that I thought it was humorous, but then it dawned on me. That is not a philosophy of life to smile about because the message being heard by younger generations is: “I’m living for myself and nobody else, including my kids and grandkids.”
These days I get increasingly frustrated with adults of my generation and beyond with that mindset. Why would any believer choose to live their life spending the assets God has given them on themselves rather than investing it in the lives of the next generations? Don’t get me wrong. I am all for some much deserved rest and relaxation, even in an RV if that’s your thing.
On the other hand,
Three military recruiters were invited to a high school assembly to make fifteen minute presentations each. The first two recruiters each spoke well beyond their designated time, which left the final recruiter, a Marine, with only two minutes. He walked to the podium and stood in front of the microphone in silence for a full minute. Then he spoke. “I doubt whether there are two or three of you in this room who have what it takes to be a Marine. But I want to see those two or three in the dining hall immediately after we are dismissed.” He turned smartly and sat down. After the assembly, a long line of students waited in the dining hall to talk to him.
Jesus was always clear about one thing—to follow him would be costly. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me,” he declared unapologetically (Luke 9:23). Does it seem to you that Jesus deliberately set the bar too high for most people to follow him?
“…You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Tomorrow is Independence Day. In preparation for this day of celebration, I thought it might be good to be reminded of the foundational truths that shaped the liberty we proclaim as a nation, and often take for granted. These are framed for us in the words of some of our founding fathers and others. I wonder how many of our grandchildren know about them?
- 3 Keys for Biblically Intentional Grandparenting
- Dads Matter... GrandDads Too!
- Don't Put Up the Plaque Unless You Mean It
- Do You Truly Believe Prayer Matters?
- Struggling with Questions of Faith
- 7 Powerful Ways to be a Grandparent Who Matters
- The Movement is Afoot!
- Is There Anything Peculiar About You?
- The HOLYED Name
- What's On Your Mind?
We need your help to reach our $40,000 Project Goal for 2016 to equip and empower today's grandparents to live out their biblical roles. Our projects include...
- Ministry Partner training and development
- GIA (Grandparents In Action) series, and
- DIY GrandCamp Manual
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