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.
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 know how to pour new life into grandparents.
There’s just no greater joy than spending time with them. My husband, Dave and I are always 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 Grandma Biggs. She 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 were made 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. 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.
And 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. This loving fortress of a woman always encouraged me to look to the Lord for strength and direction.
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!
Lord, Help us leave loving footprints of the Savior on the hearts of others for generations to come. Amen.
- Pass The Story Down (glendamills.com)