Grandparenting: a balancing act

Keith and Sarah Condie
April 26, 2024

This article is an excerpt from a collection of essays published by Youthworks Media, and written by grandparents entitled, Footsteps for Future Generations.

"If we are to fulfil our grandparenting responsibilities faithfully, we need to start with an attitude of prayerful dependence.

But our need for God’s assistance doesn’t negate our responsibility to act. The Scriptures consistently bear witness to the truth that we are active, responsible agents. The choices we make impact the lives of others and our own physical, mental and spiritual health. There are habits and routines that are good for us personally, as well as benefitting others, such as our grandchildren. We are all aware of how children observe and mimic the significant adults in their lives. Thus, the choices we make can model wise living to them. This includes:

  • Looking after your body through exercise, sleep, healthy eating and relaxation
  • Connecting with others
  • Showing concern for others
  • Having a healthy mindset
  • Practising thankfulness
  • Resting in God.

None of us drift into these types of habits, but small changes in these areas can assist our mental wellbeing and help us cope when life is uncertain and stressful. And, if the Apostle John’s prayer has anything to teach us, we can call upon divine aid in these matters—the burden of resolutions need not rest only on human shoulders. Might we not ask the Lord for his gracious assistance in making wise choices, for others and for ourselves?"

Image : Photo by Mary Blackwey on Unsplash

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