Naturally, you want to make faith part of your grandchildrens' lives. It’s an important and exciting task, but perhaps also daunting. If you’re feeling a little unsure of where to start, you’re not alone. Many grandparents are left wondering how to go about this, and if they’re really equipped for the job. The good news is: you are!
No matter the age of your grandchildren, as an adult in their lives you have the opportunity to make a difference in their faith journey by being authentic, available and affirming; a Triple A Christian adult.
Authentic: Be yourself. Be real. Be honest. Available: Be there for your grandchildren in ways possible, develop a personal relationship with them. Affirming: Affirm their gifts and notice how God is at work in their lives (out loud).
These are the characteristics of adults who have a big impact on faith and you are invited to become a Triple A Christian adult for your grandchildren. Notice that having all the answers is not one of the required characteristics. We are all disciples who are learning and growing in our faith, and it’s okay not to know all the answers. Feel free to say that you’re not sure about something. Find out together, do some research or ask a friend or your pastor. It’s never too late to start doing faith activities with your grandchildren. You'll find lots of options on this site. So jump in! Try one. Some activities will bring about amazing God-moments. Others may not produce that same feeling, but keep at it, you never know how the Holy Spirit may be at work. And remember, you’re not alone on this journey; God is with you every step of the way. So what better way to begin than with prayer?
God of all creation, thank you for putting grandchildren in my life, and giving me the opportunity to teach them about you. Help me to be authentic, available and affirming. Give me the courage and confidence to initiate routines that focus us all on you and bring attention to the many ways you are at work in each of us. Amen.