10. Spiritual Legacy
In the Bible, Paul mentored Timothy. Paul chose Timothy not only because of his youth, but also because of the spiritual legacy his mother and grandmother had left him:
“I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also” (2 Timothy 1:5).
Timothy was able to be the spiritual leader God required because the foundation of faith had already been laid. If grandparents live closely to their grandkids, they can also lay that foundation by accompanying them to church, reading the Word and teaching them to pray. It is work they may not get paid for but work that lasts a lifetime.
Grandparents have the opportunity to mentor kids and serve as role models for the role religion (and a relationship with God) play in their lives. I understand this better than anyone. I can now leave a legacy for my children because of the legacy my grandmother left me.
Grandparents were not meant to merely occupy a pew, but to pour out what they know into the lives of others. When they do so, they enrich our lives and our children’s lives, likely more than we know.
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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