“Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.”
Being a Parent
One of the things that is discussed regularly in the men’s group attend is how fathers and sons do not talk to each other.
There are some men with sons have stopped talking to them. There are some men whose father’s barely acknowledge them.
The biggest issue is communication, obviously, though the reasons in each individual circumstance is different. The biggest issue always seemed to stem from how good of a parenting job was done.
Regardless of how well parents parented, sometimes it is the events later in life that lead to closeness or division.
Becoming “Grandpa” (or “Grandma”!)
A surefire way to tell if you have made it as a parent – whether as raising your children or after they have grown; whether you were a rambunctious child or a sweet and innocent child who now has children of your own – is the Grandparent Test.
One of the men in my group longs to meet his grandchildren from his estranged son. This is a godly man, so no one can understand why his son will not allow him to meet his grandchildren.
Yet, here is a family who shows the parents are loved by their children, even if only a little bit: the proud children spend much time taking their children to grandma and grandpa’s home (or “Nana and Papa” or “Nani and Papi” or whatever!).
The grandparents want to show off their grandchildren to anyone who will listen. The parents of those children eagerly want them to!
How do you live your life in Christ?
Do you help win others to the Lord, or do you do your own thing?
If you only do your own thing, you are like the parent who avoids their children and the child who avoids their Father.
If you help win others to the Lord and train them in the ways of godly living, you are like the parents who are invested in their children’s lives and can not wait to show them to your Father in Heaven!
Heavenly Father, help us to love our families with Your love. Help us to realize that the Church is our family, and You are our Father. Help us to love all people in a way that Our love is overflowing. Please, bless our families.