The other day, my son-in-love dropped my kisses off to me. Normally he hurries off to his appointments, but instead we sat outside and talked as the kids played. I began to tell him how much of an honor it is that I’m able to pour into the next generation. The imprint and stamp that goes along with being a grandparent far exceeds anything I could’ve imagined. I began to tell him how I made a conscious decision to help nurture these gifts and that it’s a blessing for me to sacrifice so I can be present with them.
“Older women…encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home.” (Titus 2:3-5)
My kisses are just little babies but watching them play house, clean, cook, and nurture their dolls is so fascinating. They are preparing to be future leaders, wives, and mothers! Even as I watch my grandson break everything in my home, he’s what we are now confessing as our future engineer!
I didn’t come from a wealthy background. My grandparents didn’t leave me a sum of money when they passed away, but they left something much more valuable. While I have been thinking of ways to leave an inheritance to our grandkisses, I am reminded that what I am doing is priceless. Watching them while their parents get a break or work to provide for their families is worth so much more than money in the bank, well-invested mutual funds, and valuable heirlooms combined. The opportunities I get to spend with my kisses allow us to make memories of simple times together, with me showing them how to become men and women of God, leaving a legacy that will cause them to “rise up and call me blessed.” When I am in eternity, they will remember the songs I’ve taught them, the times we spent together in the kitchen, me teaching them bible verses and so much more. That’s an inheritance!
I want to really encourage anyone who is in my shoes, whether you’re older and raising a second generation of kids or if you’re young and feeling stuck where you are. Your story may not be mine but still be intentional about seizing each chance you have to sow into someone’s life. You may be young, college age, a single parent, married, divorced, military, a senior citizen – whatever season you’re in, make a mark in someone’s life. Leave an inheritance that really matters.