“Our role is not to tell our adult child what to do, but to support them in what they do.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 21, 2021
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22
Grandparents have an opportunity to invest financial, emotional and spiritual capital into their children’s children. This return on investment may prove to be the most significant, if done prayerfully and proactively. Thus we pray, “How can I give to our grandchildren in a manner that blesses them the best, while honoring their parents and the Lord in the process?” Ultimately we trust God to take our generous gifts and use them to grow faithfulness for future generations.
A grandparent’s generosity is not a subtle scheme to control desired outcome (no matter how noble it might be), rather the goal of generosity is to be a catalyst for God’s will. Our role as grandparents is not to tell our adult children and grandchildren what to do, but to support them in what they do. They are their own persons, hopefully under the authority of the Spirit’s leading, so we bring the most lasting value when we value them over their chosen path to follow in life.
“Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it” (Ezra 10:4).
Grandparents show respect when they confer with their adult children before they give to their grandchildren. It could be as small as a cream filled donut for breakfast, or as big an issue as opening a college fund. We ask permission before our big-hearted acts so we have the full support of mom and dad. Well-meaning help will hurt if done outside the intentions of the parents. Next generation generosity is most effectively done in collaboration with our children.
Most of all, invest spiritual capital into your grandchildren. Make sure your influence for the Lord is allocated heavily on the asset side of their spiritual balance sheet. Pray with them. Go to church with them. Read Bible stories to them. Share God examples of life change and answered prayer. Teach them old hymns while you feed the ducks. Having fun without instilling a faith influence is like taking a fevered child to the amusement park without offering any comfort or medication. Yes, your intimacy with Jesus is the most precious gift you can give your grandchild.
“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).
Heavenly Father, grant me wisdom to know how to be the most generous with my grandchild.
Consider rewarding your children and grandchildren when they quote Scripture.
Pre-order Boyd’s most important book he has written to date: The Spiritual Life of a Leader
Rebekah Dawn & Mary Monari:
If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources. We are trusting the Lord for His provision.
Download our app!
May 8, 2021
“When we fear for our future, we are never truly free.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 8, 2021 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25 (NLT) As we approach Mother’s Day, many of us likely have the mothers in our lives [...]
May 7, 2021
“Exhaustion is the enemy of intimacy. Only as you care for yourself do you have a healthy self to give away.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 7, 2021 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is [...]
May 6, 2021
“Our movement needs an aim and a destination.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 6th, 2021 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. Oh that you had paid attention to my [...]