5. Look for Ways to Serve Together
Slide 6 of 6
Serving together in God’s kingdom is one of the greatest ways to share meaningful times with our grandchildren. Faith and action go hand in hand. When they see you living out your faith by serving others, it makes an impression. When they serve alongside you, it impacts their lives forever.
When they’re young, service can be as simple as baking muffins for a sick neighbor or picking up sticks in a disabled friend’s yard. As they get older, they can help you cook and deliver meals, work in a food pantry, or collect clothes for a women’s shelter.
One afternoon we made cards for patients at a local hospital and delivered old towels to a pet rescue organization. Seeing you extend compassion and service toward “the least of these” will make a profound impact on them. Your actions will shape the way they interact with the needy in years to come.
I remember accompanying my grandmother to the local nursing home to visit elderly relatives and friends. While I didn’t always enjoy the visits, I learned by her example how to honor and respect our loved ones. Years later, when she suffered from dementia and lived in a nursing home, I loaded up my girls and made a 90-mile round trip to visit her every week.
Each time I climbed in the van, I heard her tender words in my ears. “She may not remember you, but you remember her.” I hope to teach my grandchildren the same lesson.
When my grandmother bought me books, taught me to cook, and shared stories of the Old Country, I doubt she knew how she was impacting my life. Decades later, her stories, example, and no-nonsense wisdom continue to bear fruit in me. I’ve passed along her skills and stories to my daughters. Now I’m sharing them with my grandchildren.
When we seize every precious moment God gives us with our grandchildren and interact with them in meaningful ways, we honor God and change lives. I don’t think the apostle Paul had grandchildren, but he summed up the goal of grandparenting in 1 Thessalonians 2:8:
“Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
Lori Hatcher is a pastor’s wife who lives delightfully close to her four grandchildren in Lexington, South Carolina. To fight spiritual boredom and provide a fresh resource for quiet times, she wrote Refresh Your Faith – Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible (Our Daily Bread Publishing). Her first book, Hungry for God … Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women , received the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year award. Lori’s also a blogger, writing instructor, and inspirational speaker. You’ll find her pondering the marvelous and the mundane on her blog, Hungry for God. . . Starving for Time . Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter (@LoriHatcher2), or Pinterest (Hungry for God).
Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Prostock-Studio