Grandparents can be great mentors

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “The influence of a mentor”
Our Bible verse for today: “Grandchildren are the crown of the elderly …” Proverbs 17:6 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Grandparents can be great mentors”
Our grandson lives a thousand miles away in Texas. So, we don’t get to spend anywhere near as much time with him as we would like. But, thank God for technology! We live in the age of “Facetime” and so live video chats are always an option. We did that this past Sunday over Sunday dinner. As we sat at our dinner table in Crossville, TN, we had a dinnertime chat with Oliver as he sat in his highchair in San Antonio, TX. It was wonderful to see him smiling into the screen, giggling and reaching out for us.  
Proverbs 17:6 says that grandchildren are the crown of the elderly, and I know that to be true. Another translation says that “children’s children are the crown of the aged”. Yes, I have loved being a parent and I enjoyed raising my children, but it’s a real joy to watch my son’s son grow up. And just as I tried to be a good influence on my children, I intend to work just as hard to be a mentor and good influence for my grandson.
Grandparents are in a unique position to have a positive influence on their grandchildren. Grandparenting done right can be a powerful formative force in the life of a child. I have a friend who loves to tell stories from his childhood about the many hours he spent with his grandfather as a child. They were very close and that godly man was intentional as he built into the life of his grandson. He taught him Biblical wisdom and valuable life lessons. To this day the memories of those times with his grandfather bring a smile to my friends face and often a tear to his eye.   
My mother had that kind of influence on her grandchildren too. She was such a kind and godly woman, and her grandchildren loved her so much, that her memory is something of a legend in our family. At family reunions, when the grandchildren are all together, there are always plenty of “Grandma Mersereau” stories being told.
Grandparents can be especially helpful and influential in the lives of struggling teenagers too. Often the teen will be more open and more transparent with a grandparent than with a parent, and consequently the grandparent can sometimes get through to the young person when the parent cannot.
Grandparents can be great mentors. Thank God for godly grandparents!  
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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