7. Your Presence
I had the privilege of living next to my grandmother growing up. She often came over for family dinners and we went over to her house, too. I spent many weekends with her and treasure my memories of her, as a child. In fact, my grandmother was one of the single greatest influences on my spiritual life. Frankly, I wouldn’t be who I am without her influence in my life. What a gift I had, to be able to grow up around her.
As an adult, your children are more than likely contemplating having children. Adult children need their parents’ assistance in raising their kids. Not only may they need their physical help in picking kids up from school and babysitting, but also their spiritual influence, so the next generation can follow in their spiritual footsteps.
If parents and children make a habit to attend church regularly and practice spiritual disciplines, the more likely a child will want to emulate that example. Parents have more influence on their grandchildren than they realize. By just being there, parents are planting seeds in their grandchildren and sowing what they planted in their adult children, too.
It may seem like once a child turns eighteen, they no longer need their parents. On the contrary, adult children need their parents more than ever. They need to be able to lean on them as they go through life’s trials and rejoice with them in their triumphs. Being a parent is a gift. When that child becomes an adult, they can then reap the harvest of the relationship they developed through the years.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year, the Enduring Light Silver Medal and the Maxwell Award, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She is also an associate literary agent with Wordwise Media Services. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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