As grandfathers, realize that as long as you are alive your ministry to your grandchildren is never done. So you need to continually…
As a grandfather, when you get stuck in neutral
you end up making a lot of noise
while going nowhere.
Many, if not most, grandfathers will spend their living in neutral, waiting for something to happen. Like the car stuck in neutral we end up making a lot of noise but going nowhere. What gear are you stuck in?
You will only be able to give away
what you have first discovered for yourself.
Are you stuck going nowhere or are you moving toward God’s will and purpose in your life? Your personal and spiritual growth becomes part of God’s will, purpose and legacy for you to live and to leave. Will your children and grandchildren want to follow your example? What are you showing them? Where are you leading them?
Don’t miss out.
God is not through with you.
Give Yourself Away
One of the greatest paradoxes in life
is that when you are willing to give it all away,
you really gain it all.
What or who are you holding onto? Maybe you are hanging onto yourself for dear life. What has God given to you that He is now asking for you to give? Look and see. It probably is something to do with your time, talent, treasure and touch. Have I left something out? Oh, He wants that too!
When I was in my early 50s, God said to me that He wanted me to resign my job as one of the pastors of a wonderful church. Churches don’t pay that well, but they do pay every two weeks. I honestly told God, “Wait, another day. See me in a few years. Talk to me when I have enough money in the bank, more time, etc.” The problem was not with God; it was with me. I would not be the man or the grandfather I am now if I was not willing to give it all and let go.
God has heard all the good excuses.
It is only when we let go we can then let God.
God loved me enough to lay me up in a hospital bed to tell me that He had a “Greater Yes! – a greater potential and destiny for my life.” My wife drove three hours to find me ready to go into surgery. I told her I had to resign the church and do what God was calling me to do. She said, “It is about time!” That began the rest and the best of my life. A few months later, my first book, “Finding Your Greater Yes” was published. Your “Yes” and God’s “Yes” equals a “Greater Yes.” God has a greater yes, a greater potential and destiny, for you also.
Trust me; your “Greater Yes” must include your grandchildren.
What excuses are you making right now that are keeping you from becoming the man and grandfather God wants you to become? What are you hanging onto that is keeping you from your potential and destiny, which in turn is robbing you of your God-given potential and legacy?
God has already prepared in you
what he wants to conceive in you
and birth out of you.
The great artist Michelangelo stood staring at a huge piece of marble for months before he began his artistic endeavor. What was he doing? During those months of staring, many asked what he was doing. He simply said, “I am working.” He was mentally formulating the image that would emerge from the giant stone. He saw its’ potential. He saw this stone for what it could become in the hands of a skillful artist.
Just as Michelangelo chipped away at his “David,” God is even more skillfully chipping away to display what he wants to see in our lives and in the lives of our grandchildren. He is removing what does not belong and He is revealing his and our best.
Trust God, He knows what He is doing.
He wants to chip away what does not belong.
Although you may know that God is at work in our lives to change our character, this process takes time. We must decide on a daily basis whether we will follow Him willingly. Are you willing to open your life to the influence of the master artist? He wants to create a masterpiece from your life, but you must be willing.
Reminder: What God has dreamed for you as a grandfather
can echo now and for eternity
through the legacy you live and leave.
Dr. Dan Erickson
Chief Servant Leader | People Matter Ministries