Well. I was going to go to bed early tonight but instead I am up praying for the safe arrival of a new little life. I am about to explode with excitement. My first grandchild…sort of. Actually, the soon to be father is not my flesh and blood, but he’s close. I have known him all his life. I’ve changed his diapers. In fact, he is the whole reason I wanted to have children.
His mom and dad lived across the street from us when he was born. When he could barely pull himself up and stand he would crawl to the front door of the house and wait for me to come outside in the mornings. Every morning when I would go to get in my car, there he would be - standing at the front door, grinning and waving. Morning after morning he would be there. He was so stinking cute that all I could think was, “I want one of those.”
Over the years, I watched this baby boy grow into a Godly man. It happened so fast. When did he become old enough to be have a baby? And yet, here we are. That little boy standing at the door is about to be a daddy himself. I want so badly to be there and watch as the doctor puts this new life, this infant son into the arms of this new father. I want to see his eyes light up. I want to hear all the promises that he will make to his new son.
I exchange excited texts back and forth with the soon to be grandmother as they rush to the hospital. The soon to be grandfather, she informs me, is driving like a bat out of …well, you know. Have mercy.
Oh, how I hope and pray that this new baby boy will follow in the footsteps of his dad; that he will love and serve his God as his father has done. That he will know the love of his Heavenly Father because he experiences the love of his earthly one.
I feel like I should give him some wise advice. I always like to give advice, why stop now?
I recall something my mom gave me when my first son was born.
Give him a Godly heritage
A faith in God…
A knowledge of prayer…
A love for God’s word…
An example to follow.
That’s it. Nothing else really matters. What more could we possibly give our children that would carry more value than that?
No need to lavish him with riches…with stuff. No need to send him to the finest schools, not that education isn’t important, mind you. No, what is most necessary, all that is most valuable can’t be bought by money or obtained through education. The greatest treasure we can give our children is a Godly heritage; not one that is passed down only in word but one passed down in deed – an example to follow.
I hate just sitting here. I feel like I should do something. Well, if I can’t boil water, at least I can give advice. I shoot a text to the soon to be father with my advice. Just in case he needs some in the midst of all the excitement. I’m sure he stopped to write it down.
He responds, “We will give it all we’ve got and do our best.”
Of course they will. No doubt he has already thought through all of that. I have no doubt that he has spent countless hours in deep conversation with his God. He understands the importance of setting a Godly example for his son. After all, his earthly father has done so for him. A Godly heritage passed down from generation to generation.
God seeks a man after His own heart. A man who holds firmly to His instructions, who refuses to compromise or bend under the weight of worldly views, who knows his Father’s voice when He calls and follows obediently. Who better to instruct this sweet baby in the things that God seeks than his earthly father...and grandfather?
It’s past midnight and no word. I check my phone just to make sure I didn’t miss a text or call. Nothing. Oh, for crying out loud, how long does it take to have a baby these days?
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Deuteronomy 4:9
Have a great week,
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