3. Walk in Faith
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As a grandparent, you have walked many years ahead of your grandchildren. With those years you have seen God’s faithfulness and learned to rely on His promises.
Just as God instructed Moses, at the time of his death, to write a song of remembrance for the children of Israel, so God is asking us to hand down to the next generation “songs” of His faithfulness. (see Deuteronomy 32).
I am concerned over what type of world we will hand to our grandchildren. And yet, I am confident this is the generation to which God has called them. We must be zealous to live out, and teach them, real faith to plant the seeds of faithfulness that will not be snatched away by cultural brainwashing.
When I was in high school, our government teacher played a tape of a woman named Hansi who grew up as a Nazi soldier. Hansi was raised by a Christian friend of her mother. Hansi had been rejected by her parents and spent her early days living in poverty. So, when the Germans chose her to attend a nazi school she finally felt valued.
Being chosen was considered a privilege and Hansi was all to happy to leave behind her poverty, feelings of rejection, and faith. But the woman who raised her planted one more seed of faith into Hansi’s heart. As Hansi boarded the train, the woman whispered in her ear, “Don’t forget Jesus.”
It has been 40 years since I first heard Hansi’s story, and I still get chills when I tell it. The faith of the woman made a powerful impression upon Hansi’s life. Although she soon became brainwashed by the Nazi propaganda, years later God would remind Hansi ––and she would not forget Jesus.
When someone shared with her the gospel, the words of faith planted in her young heart came flooding back into her memory.
After Hansi surrendered to Jesus, she devoted her life to telling others of His great love. I doubt the woman who raised her lived to know the impact her great faith had upon her Hansi so many years later. But God knew the seeds He had planted through her faith.
And the same God knows the seeds of faith He can plant through you in your grandchildren’s hearts. So, rather than rehearsing your worries over current events, what if you determined to plant seeds of faith in your grandchildren?
God only knows the future He will ask them to endure, we cannot do anything to change that. But what you and I can do is walk by faith so to teach them by our example how faith in God is the only path to peace and purpose.
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