Grandparenting is a sacred trust. It is a chance to imprint a child for greatness. And just like parents have a God-given bond with their children, so grandparents have a natural affinity to their grandchildren. Grandparents and grandchildren represent a marvelous love affair between the generations. Regardless of whether your relationship with your own children went smoothly or had a lot of bumps along the way, you want to make sure you don’t miss this divine opportunity to help your children raise a person who can stand strong and make a significant difference in the world. Grandparenthood allows you to play a key role in writing the history of a generation that you will someday leave in charge.
What is interesting is how this present generation of grandparents measures up against generations in the past. The average age of a first-time grandparent is 47 years old. This generation of grandparents is the best educated, most active, and youngest “older” generation that has ever existed making rocking chair and false teeth are passé.. Almost all of us have graduated from high school. 7 out of 10 of us have attended college or technical school. In spite of the pressures on us financially, we still have more discretionary income than our parents or our grandparents could have ever imagined.
Grandparenting is an earned privilege that fits right into God’s perfect plan. He meant for us to bring things to the table that took years to figure out like:
- Perspective – objectivity, retrospect
- Additional resources – time, money, sounding board, reinforcements
- Love – closer to unconditional love, less strings attached, performance of a grandchid is not attached to our performance as grandparent.
Do you want to experience the true ‘grandness’ of raising a family? When you become a grandparent, you take on a more important role than you may have realized. It requires a deliberate plan to model our relationships after god’s relationship with us. Grandparenting is an opportunity to make the rest of your life count for eternity by carrying out 4 biblical roles.