– by Mary May Larmoyeux – A few years ago, my then 3-year-old granddaughter pointed to a cross necklace that I was wearing. “I like your t,” she said, not recognizing the cross as a common Christian symbol. To her, it was simply a letter of the alphabet.
I’ve never forgotten what my grandchild said in innocence that day. Her words were a lasting reminder that one’s Christian faith is not guaranteed to the next generation.
Thousands of years ago Moses did his best to help the Israelites realize this. Before they entered the Promised Land, he said “Be on your guard! Make certain that you do not forget, as long as you live, what you have seen with your own eyes. Tell your children and your grandchildren” (Deuteronomy 4:9).
We have Moses’ words today because he wrote them down. And they are as true in the 21st century as they were thousands of years ago.
What have you seen God do in your life? Do you keep reminders of His faithfulness tucked away in your heart? When you come up against a great difficulty … perhaps the loss of a job or a deep disappointment … do you pull into your vault of God-memories, praise Him for what He did in the past, and trust Him for the future?
Have you sat side-by-side with your children or grandchildren, and told them about your walk with God throughout your life? Have you written down your spiritual journey and shared it with those you love?
May we leave an inheritance worth far more than gold and silver: stories of God’s faithfulness penned by our hands, reminders of Who God is and why He can always be trusted—even when we cannot understand what He is doing.
Copyright © 2015. 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
Searching for some creative ideas for grandparents? Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)