Deuteronomy 4:9 is one of several verses in the Bible about grandparents playing an active role in the spiritual development in the family. “Teach [the commandments] to your children and to their children after them.” Most believing grandmas and grandpas want to be a part of their grandchildren’s spiritual upbringing and are honored if you ask them for their assistance.
The following story excerpt taken from New Man Magazine about Bob Taussig, grandfather of 35 children, is an excellent example of extended family support of spiritual training.
“[Bob] has a Bible study with some grandchildren who live in the same town, and he doesn’t let distance limit his spiritual input. ‘Years ago, we started a Scripture-memory program with our grandchildren,’ he explains. ‘Of the 35, we have had 12 of them involved in the program. Those out of town get a Sunday afternoon phone call and Grandpa keeps track of the memory projects they’re working on. The system that’s worked best is [a reward] for every 30 verses they can quote word perfect.’”
Moms and dads, talk with your own parents about how they can be involved in your children’s eternal training. You will all be blessed by their involvement.
How can you include your children’s grandparents in their spiritual growth?
“Teach them [the commandments] to your children and to their children after them.”
By Kirk Weaver, author and founder of Family Time Training. FTT trains an average of 8,000+ family members each year. Kirk has written eight books containing Family Time object lessons. Contact Kirk at Family Time Training.