Will You Leave a Better Inheritance for Your Grandchildren?

Mar 8, 2021 | 2 comments

by Cavin Harper

An ancient biblical proverb says: “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.” What kind of inheritance is worth leaving to my grandchildren that will make their lives more rich and full? Undoubtedly, such an inheritance involves more than money, houses, and land.

“A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children.”

As grandparents, or future grandparents, we have been given a unique privilege and honor. We have the privilege of passing on to another generation an inheritance that will endure forever — an inheritance of truth and righteousness. But it is an inheritance that can only be passed on through honor and respect.

We live in desperate days when it is difficult to identify worthy role models for our children and grandchildren to imitate. Our nation, our churches, and our families face a crisis of leadership more severe than at any other time in our history. Moral reference points are being erased from memory while absolute truth is mocked and rejected. Self has been elevated above community. Liberty has given way to libertinism. Honor has been replaced by individual rights. Who are those who can step forward and stand in the gap for the sake of future generations? Is it possible that we, grandparents and elders, rather than youth, are the key to the future?

Sadly, there seems to be too few who care. Like the shepherds of Israel during Ezekiel’s time, there are too many who “only take care of themselves.” The place of honor has been forfeited for the comforts of retirement. Wisdom and understanding are too often exchanged for freedom from responsibility. Opportunities for building for the future are discarded in favor of attempts to preserve the past. The call is now going forth to a generation approaching the autumn of life to stay in the race for the kingdom of God. It is time to resist the temptation to “check out”. No greater opportunity than now exists for “checking in” and making provisions for the inheritance and legacy that God desires be left for future generations.

Christian Grandparenting Network Canada believes a rich heritage
of traditions and eternal truths exist that MUST be
carefully preserved and transferred to the next generation.

Christian Grandparenting Network Canada (CGNC) believes a rich heritage of traditions and eternal truths exist that MUST be carefully preserved and transferred to the next generation. Responsible grandparents and servant elders are a key to this process, but honor and respect are essential to its success. CGNC desires to be part of that quest by working with older believers to restore honor and God’s intended roles for elders for the sake of our families, our churches and our nation.

What inheritance are we leaving for your children and grandchildren? No greater joy or blessing can be found than knowing that God has worked through us to build His kingdom in the next generation. It is for this that Christ died on the cross for you and me. May we be found faithful to the very end.

A graduate of Baylor University and Denver Seminary, Cavin Harper served as an associate pastor for 17 years before founding ElderQuest Ministries which later became known as the Christian Grandparenting Network. He writes a weekly blog on grandparenting and has authored several books including Courageous Grandparenting: Building a Legacy Worth Outliving You. He and his wife Diane created GrandCamps© for grandparents and grandchildren, which is being reproduced and operated by Christian camps and churches across the USA. Cavin’s latest book is Raising Your Grandchildren (Bethany House). Cavin and Diane have two daughters and nine grandchildren. They have been married since 1969 and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

2 Comments

  1. Laura King

    Thank you…so well said! A never wasted reminder of God’s purpose in keeping us alive and His intended working in and through us to bless, encourage, guide and show His enduring love to those precious bundles we call our grandchildren!

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  2. Michael Packer

    Yes, we want to influence our grandchildren for God, but that depends on our earning a healthy, trusted relationship with their parents, especially the in-law side. We need to first work on that, showing respect for their God-given role as primary parents. I must be careful to not give the impression that their parenting is not good enough.

    Where there is parental spiritual tension, sharing episodes from our lives as stories is often acceptable. Inlaws and the children are interested in our family history. Giving credit to God as appropriate in the story will be acceptable if the life moral lesson of the story is our focus. To have access to the grandchildren both of their parents must feel that we love them as sons and daughters, and value their strong influence in the children’s lives. Perhaps I would have more opportunities for influence on the grandchildren if I expressed more evident love and support for their parents.

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