So I was thinking about how to be a parent now that my children are grown and married, and having children of their own...In a sense our job is done. The kids are gone and have established lives of their own, marriages, homes, careers, and above all rooted in faith to the Lord Jesus. But what is our family role? Of course I have discovered that being a grandparent is just the best...you get to be a kid again and grandkids like nothing better than for you to enter their world. But is there more to it than the enjoyment of the next generations? It occurred to me that an apt analogy might be what is called in sports "follow through". Whether you are throwing a ball, swinging a racket or club it is important to complete the follow through of your arm motion, leg motion and body movement even after the ball has left your hand or the racket or club has struck the ball. If you don't "follow through" correctly and complete the motion the ball will not fly true to its target. Proper follow through suggests that the correct technique has been used even before the impact and yet it is important to complete the motion and let it run full course. In our marriages we need to continue the examples of unconditional love, kindness and service that were so important in shaping our children. The backdrop of that example reinforces the melody and harmony of the homes of our children. So the game isn't over for us when the kids are gone. Now we must complete the follow through to run the full extent of the motion.
2 Timothy 1:5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.