It is this time of year, I become very reminiscent. We have celebrated the birthdays of two grandchildren—one in January and one in early February. Now at the end of February, we celebrate our oldest daughter’s birthday and our first grandson’s birthday—on the same day, and my birthday in early March.
I am thankful for life that my mother gave me, and I am thankful for the new life I have in Christ! I am also thankful for children and grandchildren! Children open up new avenues of thinking—the possibilities, the opportunities, the responsibilities that they choose and will take on—things we never contemplated before they came into our homes. And then there is the arrival of those grandchildren! Our minds again think—What will God have them do? What heritage will I leave for them? What impact will they make on this old sinful world? What legacy will they leave?
It is a great responsibility to impress their little minds every chance we get. We need to share the promises of God with them—promises we have experienced and found to be true—“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews13:5); “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6); “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13); “. . . lo, I am with you alway, . . .” (Matthew 28:20).
May we do all we can to leave lasting, Biblical impressions on the younger generations. There is a lot at stake. The beliefs we hold to are eroding, and yet “I know whom I have believed.” ”Great is thy faithfulness”—Lord, help us to be faithful!