I have enjoyed the pleasure that came from several friends and mentors in my life who were in their later years. Most churches and Christian ministries today could not continue without the totality of the dedication and determination of these senior committed Christians sharing their gifts and talents.
How can grandparents use their “grand positions” to the best advantage? God’s Word says that grandchildren are “a crown to the aged” (Proverbs 17:6). I believe we wear that “crown” by actively investing in their lives. There are five tools I’ve found helpful in being a grandparent or adopted grandparent:
Grandparents have another magical ingredient that parents often lack – TIME. Kornhaber has found that children who are close to at least one grandparent are more emotionally secure than other children; and they have more positive feelings about older people and about the process of aging.
In my library are several books that talk about the art of angling. Interestingly enough, angling is not a new endeavor, but is spoken about in several places in the Bible. Remember Jesus asked Peter to cast his line into the water to catch a fish that had a silver coin in its mouth, the annual temple tax – a stater – that would pay the fee for Jesus and Peter.
I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phones… if we utilized God’s word in the same way we did our smartphone technology? Something to think about!
When life deals us a lousy hand, and important relationships seem without hope, we need to reflect upon some of God’s promises and encouragement. As mentors, we have a host of fulfilled promises and events from God’s Word what can help encourage someone needing help.