While every family has numerous traditions, I want to encourage all grandparents out there to make the best use of the time give with your family (Eph. 5:15-17).  Have you thought about the spiritual impact you are making on your children and grandchildren?

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.  -2 Timothy 1:5

Lois was seen as a pillar in Timothy’s life.

If you are a grandparent, let this inspire you to a calling in this new phase of life.  While it is a favorite pastime of grandparents to spoil their grandchildren, make it all-the-more important to display your personal faith in the Lord before the next generations.

Don’t advertise your faith as mere church attendance; make it personal in the way you live your life.

If you are an empty-nester, your opportunity to impact your children or your grandchildren still exists.  Many parents are consumed with regret once they discover God’s plan for parent-driven discipleship late in the game.  Instead of living in guilt, parents can begin having conversations with their adult children that they should have had a long time ago.

Many of those conversations began by saying, “You know, son, I have recently realized that I didn’t do all that God wanted me to do when you were still in the home.  I took you to church, but I rarely talked to you about my personal walk with Christ.  Do you mind if I share with you some of the things that God has been teaching me lately?”

“Grandchildren, let’s get together because I want to share something with you.  Did you know the other day I was reading my Bible and I came across a verse that made me think of you…”

Talk about an impact!

A humble, transparent parent having a spiritual conversation with his or her adult child  or grandchildren will leave a lasting impact.

Many in our churches need to take a stand like Lois and change the lives of their own Eunice and Timothy.  As a grandparent, God still has a purpose for you in this generation to make an impact for his Kingdom (Acts 13:36).

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Travis Agnew is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is What God Has Joined Together.