Every second Sunday of September we celebrate Grandparents Day in honor of our grandparents.
The meaning of the word “grand” is outstanding or impressive. This means that grandparents should be outstanding parents. How can our grandparents be GRAND? Proverbs 13:22 reminds grandparents to leave an inheritance to their children’s children.
May I encourage the grandparents to:
G – Give their invaluable advices to their grandchildren based on their experiences.
Grandparents have a lot of experiences. They need to impart lessons of those experiences to the next generation so that they will continue the good legacies of their family, and will repeat the failures of the past.
R – Remember to pray for their grandchildren.
Grandparents may not be there physically with their grandchildren but they can pray for them. Pray that your grandchildren may know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Pray that they will find friends that will make their lives more meaningful. Pray that they will live out their God-given purpose with passion.
A – Act as exemplary models who are worthy to be emulated.
There is no substitute than making your life as an example to be followed. No matter how many lessons you will give, it will still be your life that people will see and learn from.
N – Narrate the stories of their families and share them to the next generation.
For sure there are a lot of stories that grandparents can tell. Grandchildren must lend their ears to these stories so that they will know who their ancestors were, and on how they are connected to their other family members.
D – Delight themselves to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The best legacy that grandparents can leave to their grandchildren is the legacy of faith.
Thank God for Grandparents!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on
Office of Communications
Central Philippine University