Rebellion can hang on for a long time—even when young adults are having their own children. Christian grandparents can play a huge role in making sure that their grandchildren are baptized and have heard the great news of God’s love for them, especially when that middle generation is dropping the ball.
Psalm 78:4,6 encourages older Christians to take great pains to pass on their faith to the younger ones: “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the... Read More
“I’m really sorry, Mom,” she apologized, as she picked up the broken candy dish that her toddler had accidentally demolished. “No problem,” Grandma said lightheartedly. “I can always get another one.” The younger woman’s jaw dropped as she wondered, “Who is this woman? She sure is different from the days when I was the one breaking her stuff.”
Colossians 3:8 says to all people who claim to be Christians, “Now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these:... Read More
Isn’t it fun to see older adults get giddy about becoming grandparents? What is it about another generation of messy, needy babies that gets them so excited? And what is it about grandparents that makes grandkids appreciate them so much?
Maybe it’s because people who were aware of their own faults as parents are grateful to God to have another shot at helping to raise children. Maybe it’s because maturity brings serenity. When you’re more secure in your own identity,... Read More
Ah, if age only could; if youth only knew. There is a sweet trade-off, a sweet equilibrium to the way God designed human life. What older person has not intensely envied the young for their energy and strength? What older person has not felt a pang of sadness at the loss of his or her own youthful vitality? Have not the young always thought that since older people look saggier and talk slower, therefore they must also be dumber?
Not... Read More
By the time you are done with schooling and ready to enter the workforce, you have all the excuses you will ever need to be a failure in life. The persistent ridicule from siblings or parents? Are you missing a parent? Been physically or sexually abused? Our world is full of adults who are haunted by past hurts and just don’t think they can ever break free.
St. Paul had abundant excuses available to justify quitting his divine mission. He... Read More
“I want it, and I want it right now.” Four-year-olds talk like that. So do some teenagers, and so do childish grown-ups who have never learned how to wait. One of the greatest life skills that we need, both to prosper financially and eternally, is to sacrifice short-term pleasure for long-term gain. The harder parents are willing to work on this when their kids are little, the happier and more productive they will be as adults. Homework first. Then play.... Read More
“He fell in with bad company.” “He was in the wrong place at the right time.” “She just found herself in a tough situation.” Ever heard talk like that? While seeming to get the young person off the responsibility hook, what it actually says is that the young person really chose some bad friends.
The people you choose to hang with eventually shape your character. You will start to talk like them, think like them, act like them. Proverbs 13:20... Read More
Do you like to be told what to do? No? Well, to be honest, I don’t either. Inside each of our brains is a mulish arrogance, a perverse stubbornness to do everything our way. My agenda is what’s important to me. Your agenda is not.
Tell you what—people like that are unemployable. You can’t hold a job if you aren’t willing to serve someone else’s needs and let someone else tell you what to do.
This is why parents have... Read More