Posted: Saturday, November 26
1 Peter 4:7-5:14
Verse of the day:
Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.” (1 Peter 5:2)
I was lucky to grow up close to my Grandparents. I would find our later in life that my mom and dad made a commitment to always live within thirty minutes of both sets of my grandparents. So on any given Saturday, we would find ourselves at one grandparent’s house or the other. I grew up in my Grandfathers dry cleaners. My Grandmother was a lunch lady at my elementary school. I heard their stories. I played in the garden and the rabbit coupe. I remember their lives, examples, stories.
A few years ago we were looking to add to our youth leadership team. One of the best additions we have ever had is Grandma Shift. Nancy, though a grandmother herself, comes faithfully to be in with the teenagers – loud music, strange styles and all. They love her. For most of them, she is the only grandmother they will ever know.
In our society today, because of mobility, full time jobs and other cultural influences, teens are growing up without the influence of older individuals. These sources of knowledge, wisdom and experience are missing. We now live in the first generation that does not need parents to find answers. Why ask mom and dad when I can ask google or siri? Our teens are paying the price because they don’t know what they are missing.
If you find yourself at retirement age, or just are an older professional, Peter has great advice for you. Instead of just enjoying your retirement, you have been entrusted with a generation. There are teens in your church that need your wisdom, your stories, your love and your time. We need some spiritual grandparents to adopt our teens and at minimum pray for them. All of us need a praying grandma. We need grandparents that are investing in our lives by teaching us that we don’t know as much as we think and that we are moving too fast through life. You may think you cannot relate to teens, that they are distracted with their phones, annoying with their sass and just plain rude. However, if you would just find out the name of one and pray for them that would be enough.
God has entrusted you with this generation to watch over it, willingly and not grudgingly – not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Wow, what great words from a salty fisherman that decided to invest in the lives of the people of the next generation.