Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children.
Pass the story down from generation to generation (Joel 1:3 NLT).
“Grandma, do you know everywhere you walk, you leave your footprints?” Looking down, I saw a perfect set of footprints on the freshly carpeted floor. My granddaughter was right— and her words gripped my heart. She was watching my every move, even where I walked, and the footprints I left behind. It made me wonder—what kind of impression am I leaving on the hearts of my grandchildren?
Someone said, “A child is born only once, but a grandparent is reborn with each new grandchild”. How True! Grandchildren have the ability to pour new life into grandparents.
There’s just no greater joy than spending time with them. My husband, Dave and I never cease to be excited about having the grand-kids come for a visit. We may sometimes be tired when they leave to go home…but its the most rewarding tired there is! It doesn’t take long for us to rest up and we’re ready for them to come again!
I think of my own grandmother…Grandma Biggs was the happiest when she was with her children and grandchildren, yet the joy of the Lord remained constant in her life no matter whom she was with. My greatest childhood memories are wrapped in the love and joy I felt when I went to grandma’s house.
I was always greeted with a joyful smile and big hug. Her laughter was contagious—her love unconditional. In her eyes, I could do no wrong. Grandma was always there for me—to listen—to pray—to encourage.
Even after she died, memories of her life were a constant source of encouragement. When life’s challenges left me shaken in faith… and in need of wisdom….I asked myself, “What would Grandma want me to do”.
I knew the answer even as I asked it. This loving fortress of a woman would encourage me to look to the Lord for strength and direction. He’s the One who remains constant through all the seasons of our lives. He’s the One who forgives and loves unconditionally….And gives grace to help us do the same for others. He’s the One who promised to make all things work together for good to those who love Him.
I always wanted to be like my grandmother and confess I have a ways to go. I struggle at times to forgive and love unconditionally…yet Jesus stands ready to show me how to love and forgive others…as He has loved and forgiven me. I struggle at times to choose joy—yet He continues to send His, when mine runs low.
I know He hears my heart’s cry. I know He loves and forgives me. I know my life is a work in progress…
And so is yours. He will complete the work He started in me—and in you!
The old song, “It Is No Secret…what God can do. What’s He’s done for others, He’ll do for you. With arms wide open, He’ll pardon you. It is no secret, what God can do.” * It’s an old song, but still relevant for today.
Jesus is the True Joy Giver for all who come to His table of Grace.
Do you sometimes struggle to leave loving impressions on the hearts of others? If so, please join me at the throne of Grace where our Advocate Jesus Christ intercedes for us.
Lord, you know we sometimes fail to love others. How we need your grace to love and forgive as you do. May we be found faithful to follow and love you all our lives. Help us leave loving footprints of the Savior on the hearts of others… and for generations to come. Amen.
*It Is No Secret What God Can Do – Stuart Hamblin