A Godly Couple
Beyond being my "mom" and "dad," Memo and Papa are among the most inspiring godly couples of influence I have in my life. Although they have their quarrels over where to go out to eat, their average arguments are no more severe than when Memo throws out Papa's old jeans without asking, or Memo gets caught buying food for the food pantry, again.
Exceeding my mom and dad, Memo and Papa exemplify what I hope to someday replicate in my marriage. While I am not with them 24/7 and my mom tells me they used to be different, I see a couple aged with grace and wisdom. Never in my life have I seen them scream at one another, use violence, or put each other down. If there is an argument, they might take a minute of silence, but then they talk it out. If grandma is annoyed with grandpa, she takes a walk and then apologizes later. Both are selfless beyond belief and the most hard-working and caring individuals I know.
Because of my grandparents, I know what it means to give all you have for the Kingdom of God. I always see them reading the Word, watching godly shows, volunteering for the church, and praying, but more than that, I see them living it out in their daily lives.
As James 1:22 of the KJV quotes, "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" (James 1:22, KJV). The NIV writes it this way: "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says" (James 1:22, NIV), and that's what my grandparents have taught me. Even if it encourages me to slow down and be in the moment or take a different perspective of a situation, I know that the words they speak to me are worth listening to and living out in my everyday interactions with others.
Every moment spent with a grandparent is a moment for change, love, wonder, and pondering. Every second is a precious opportunity to replicate their faith and ask yourself how you can age with grace, truth, and a garland of wisdom around your neck. Not only have my Memo and Papa taught me to number my days, but they've taught me the number of roles that I can play in someone's life as they've done and will continue to do for me. I pray that if you take the time to spend with your grandparents and listen, they will be eager and honored to do the same.
"Teaching me to number my days." (Psalm 90:12, ERV)
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