In continuing on with our grandparent testimonies, here is one more. This time from a Grandfather….
My grandchildren all live away in other parts of NZ and overseas so I don't have frequent contact. We have taken or invited them to church when we are with them - also we practice our normal tradition of saying grace before meals and on occasions saying a prayer with younger ones and we have also given presents such as illustrated bible stories.
I have yet to but will do what I have done with our own children when an opportunity presents- that is discuss my beliefs and ask what they believe. I think one thing that always makes a difference but it is hard to judge how much is the example one provides going about everyday activities and sometimes explaining your Christian values when something lends itself to such an explanation. As there is a mixture of views towards the Christian faith amongst the grandchildren's parents care is needed to ensure one is not seeming to criticise or push one's views but rather to reflect and explain them.
It’s always going to be a challenge if the parents of your grandchildren aren’t interested in Christianity. Billy Graham says:
“Most of all, pray for your grandchildren (and their parents). Distance may be a difficulty for you -- but it isn't to God. And be encouraged by Paul's words to his co-worker Timothy: "Your sincere faith... first lived in your grandmother Lois" (2 Timothy 1:5).
Pray for your grandchildren also, that they may learn to appreciate what’s good and reject what’s bad. Pray most of all that they (and their parents) will put Christ at the centre of their lives. And pray, as well, that as their grandparents you’ll “set an example... in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).”