Summary: Single sermon on the biblical role of grandparents.
"GRANDPARENTING YOUR CHILDREN"
"Where’s Our Old Fashioned Grandma?"
"Where did the Grandma of yesterday go? The Grandma that took all the kids to the show; who stopped by to chat & before we could ask it; had tackled the laundry that spilled from the basket.
Who offered to mend and made the girls dresses; and who pitched in to help with the toddler made messes;
Who came on the run when the kids needed sitting; and brought along story books, cookies & knitting.
The millennium Grandma knows how to run a computer;
she watches the market and buys stocks that suit her.
She dons a pink smock for the hospital lobby;
and has taken up sky diving - just for a hobby.
She’s gone back to College to get a degree;
and zips around town in her bright yellow Z.
Grandma’s still here and there’s no one to match her;But call before 8 or you simply won’t catch her."
The image of Grandparents has certainly changed over the years. Back in the 40’s and 50’s the image of Grandpa and Grandma were white haired, usually over 60, and retired. But research in the new millennium shows us that the new version of Grandma may be slender, attractive stylishly dressed and have an active career. Grandpa is no longer sitting on his front porch in his rocking chair, spinning old yarns either. He’s more likely to be driving a sports car on the way to the golf course. Today’s Grandpa and Grandma will be around to help with the kids but only if they are not traveling in their R.V. or working themselves. What’s contributed to the change in image of Grandparents in the last generation? A number of things: People are taking better care of themselves through advanced medicine, better diets, they have fewer children and thus shorter parenting stints and they are living longer. But while the image of Grandparents may be different the importance of Grandparents has not changed. Listen to these 2 verses of Scripture that speak of the influence we have on our children and grandchildren.
1) Numbers 14:18- “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love.. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” Now, that doesn’t mean that children are "zapped" because of something Grandpa or even Great Grandma did. But it is simply pointing out that the sin that we commit today may have lasting and devastating effects tomorrow. And the negative examples of parents and grandparents can be contagious and the consequences of that sin may be reaped for many generations.
2) But there is a plus side too. 2 Tim. 1:5. Paul tells Timothy, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice.” Christian grandparents have a tremendous opportunity to inspire their grandchildren to faith in God. And that is so important to understand because I believe Satan is mounting an all out attack on young people today - drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, suicide, humanism. And Grandparents, you are the second line of defense against that attack. You’re not the primary line, that’s the parent’s job but too often the 1st line breaks down or the front line needs reinforcements -you’re it!