Book: Proverbs 17
“Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children.”
How can you tell if a person is a grandparent? They have multiple pictures of a baby or small child on their phone and they are showing these pictures to everyone . We have several friends who have become grandparents in the last couple of years. It has been incredible how the new bundle has brought so much joy to them. They spend as much time as they can (without getting in trouble from the child’s parents) holding, playing and being entertained by the precious child. When the child comes into the room, the grandparents immediately drop what they are doing and focus on ‘their’ grandchild. It is wonderful to see.
In Psalm 128 it says, “How joyful are those who fear the Lord – all who follow His ways! …May you live to enjoy your grandchildren…” Raising your children to love the Lord your God and then being able to enjoy watching them raise your grandchildren with the same love for the Lord is a great honor and blessing. Grandparents desire the very best for their children and even more for their grandchildren. God designed it so that grandparents would be able to enjoy their grandchildren.
The last half of the proverb says, “ parents are the pride of their children” which is directly related to the first part. If parents train up their children in the way they should go then this will be a great blessing to them. In return the children will recognize the great blessing it was to have wise parents and will desire to train their children in the same way. Therefore the grandparents are blessed, the children are blessed and the grandchildren are blessed. This was and is God’s plan.
My wife and I are not yet grandparents but I am sure we will be like all the other grandparents when the time comes. That being said, I recognize that how and what I do in the present with my children will influence how my future grandchildren will be raised. What we build into our children’s lives now, is already building into the lives of our ‘not yet’ grandchildren.