Vacation requests were approved and tickets bought. Beds were ready and the refrigerator was stocked. Finally, the day came! Our three grandchildren were on their way for their annual visit. Fully prepared, Ron and I got to the airport extra early. We got our passes, went through security and found our way to the gate. While other flights came and went, we grabbed a Starbucks and waited. Close to arrival time, we headed back to the gate. What a shock! Our grandkids were waiting for us, wondering if we had forgotten them. Clearly, this was not a strong start. Hugs broke the tension and fears turned to laughter.
Once home, we asked a risky question, “If you could do anything in San Antonio, what would it be?” Then we took an even greater risk and asked, “What part of the Bible do you want to read while you are here?” Without any pause, Annalyse, our 10-year-old, said, “Esther.” The VeggieTales version had stirred her imagination. She wanted to learn more about this “beauty queen.” We all agreed, and every night that week, we enjoyed time with Esther and God.
Our position as the “grands” of our family gives us purpose and delight. With life’s long-range view, we see four ways childhood is a unique time to invest in the lives of our grandchildren:
Childhood is a great time to impress kids with the gospel
Kids are easily impressed. They admire people who are beautiful, intelligent and have accomplished great things. Leave children to understand life from various teachers, video games, friends, movies and social media, and they will veer off into a worldview that is at odds with the Bible’s. Kids are impressionable because God made them this way. Childhood is the time God has designed to capture their imaginations with the wonder of the gospel.
Childhood is the time to instill good spiritual habits
Kids can’t live on candy bars! Childhood is the key time to build strong bodies and minds. Poor nutrition stunts kids’ growth and leaves them open to disease. We feed them balanced meals, give them vitamins and make sure they get enough sleep. Childhood is also the time to build spiritually healthy kids. 1 Timothy 4:8 says, “Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
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Source: Church Leaders