There are many perks of being a grandparent, including giving a baby back to its parents when it gets cranky. There's also just spending time with the grandchild, watching them grow, and helping to teach them about life and the Lord!
We recently spent a lot of time with Richard's parents as they visited before he deployed. It's wonderful they have a flexible schedule that allows them to come for longer periods of time, and since they come all the way to Colorado from Florida, that's a good thing!
They love seeing William. No, I take that back—they LOVE seeing William. Richard is their only child, so visiting with their only grandchild is just about the greatest thing in the world right now. To see them holding the baby, interacting with him, basking in his smiles—their own smiles say it all.
At the end of their last visit with us, I got a bottle ready for William and gave it to Richard's mom, who sat with him in the recliner for a while, feeding him. She had such a big smile on her face the whole time, looking down at her grandson. There was nowhere else she'd rather have been.
My parents have only been out from Maryland once since William was born, and we haven't been able to make it out east yet. They, too, exuded a sense of pride and joy over our new pride and joy. As Johnny D. Taylor said on familylifetoday.com, “God says grandchildren are our crowning achievement because they are the living manifestation of all we are and have accomplished, and represent the best that we have successfully instilled in our children.”
We have the responsibility as parents to raise our children in the Word (Deuteronomy 11:19-21), and grandparents get to see the hard work and discipline they instituted with their children put to work in their children's children. And if they often have contact with the kids, be it in person or over the phone, the grandparents can be another godly example in the children’s lives, sharing the Christ they know and love so that another generation can know our loving heavenly Father.
Ashley wrote a letter to her grandmother, lauding her loyalty to God and family. No doubt her grandmother is proud of this young lady, seeing her faith blossom—a fine example of a granddaughter being that crown from Proverbs to her grandmother!
There is much we can learn from the elder generation; that gray hair “is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness” (Proverbs 16:31). The wisdom that comes with years is something to be imparted to the younger generations. And what kid doesn't like spending time with his grandparents? What a great chance to share some godly pearls of wisdom, and what a joy to see those pearls come alive in a child!
Even if there is not a grandparent/grandchild relationship there, a godly legacy can be passed on, older to younger, tidbits of wisdom given to the next generation.