GIVING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF TIME
As grandparents we are better able to afford gifts than when our children were growing up. The most precious gift we can give them is our time. When we visit our grandchildren we are intentional doing as much with them as we can. It’s not a vacation to sit and do nothing; it’s a time to get involved in their lives on their level. They need both quality and quantity time from us – even when we don’t feel like it. We do take time to rest and pace ourselves, but whenever possible we do what they like: crafts, sports, reading or playing. I try to be intentional about it and bring crafts or books when I visit.
I took my own children on ‘dates’ when they are young. I’ve started doing that with my older grandchildren as well. It gives us private time to talk and get to know each other better. I get to talk with them about spiritual things and other topics that might be hard to cover in a room full of active people. This makes them feel special and important as well. I want to have good rapport established with each of them so that when they enter the turbulent teen years I can still build into their lives. When teens start withdrawing from their parents, grandparents can step in and provide an important influence in their lives. The foundation must be built when they are young by spending time with them.
2 Timothy 2:4-5 “As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”
Proverbs 13:22 “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.”
Are you faithful in spending time with grandchildren, grandparents or whoever needs you?
Do you share your most precious possession, your time, with others or hoard it all for yourself? God always has time for you, do you have time for those who need it?