|I got a call this morning that my grandchild is a boy. Of course, my mind immediately went to the things I can one day enjoy doing with my grandson. I use the word “my” not in some sort of emotionally unhealthy self-possession, but rather for me and Kathy, “he” is personal to us. Isn’t it amazing that I don’t think of him as a glob of tissue or a fetus? I think of “him” as a “baby” and a “boy.”
I looked at black and white photos (actually ultrasound prints) of the little guy. I saw his body, his leg, his head, his nose, his rump, and what set him apart as a boy.
I’ve had some experience trying to raise girls, but what does one do with a boy? I suppose just as Nic and Heather will figure it out, they will help this granddad find his way too.
As this baby grows and develops and begins to think and reason, I’m sure he will feel many things about his identity, about his person, about his place in the world. But, his greatest joy as a creation of God will not be what he feels, but who God has created him to be.
The more he embraces God’s design for his life, the more joy he will experience. We are all created that way. And yet, every one of us struggle with that very thing. Why? Because everyone of us are fallen. We all have a need to be redeemed. We all have need of continual sanctification.
I am incredibly excited for Nic and Heather. I believe they will be wonderful parents. I am equally excited about all the potential for me becoming another perfectly bonkers grandparent. I have had to endure others and now, I look forward to gladly entering their ranks.
I think about the world and culture and fallenness that this little baby will enter. I could easily lose the excitement if it were not for the confident hope I have in the promises of God. He will enter an increasingly abhorrent world. Today’s Bible reading tells that things will get worse before the return of Jesus. But it also says we are to keep our heads up. Our redemption gets closer every day.
Every day, it seems like the world gets more messed up. But, the hope of the Gospel is greater than the fallenness of the world. Perhaps this boy will be used by God in powerful ways to change this world. And, maybe he will join the other young future champions that have come out of our church to make an impressive team of world-changers.
Today, I am thankful. I am also filled with new challenges to help whenever I can to lead this grandson to the greater things of the Lord.
Read this (daily Bible reading):
1 He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins. 3 “I tell you the truth,” He said. “This poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
5 As some were talking about the temple complex, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, He said, 6 “These things that you see—the days will come when not one stone will be left on another that will not be thrown down!”
7 “Teacher,” they asked Him, “so when will these things be? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?”
8 Then He said, “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Don’t follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and rebellions, don’t be alarmed. Indeed, these things must take place first, but the end won’t come right away.”
10 Then He told them: “Nation will be raised up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you. They will hand you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of My name. 13 It will lead to an opportunity for you to witness. 14 Therefore make up your minds not to prepare your defense ahead of time, 15 for I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will even be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will kill some of you. 17 You will be hated by everyone because of My name, 18 but not a hair of your head will be lost. 19 By your endurance gain your lives.
20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that its desolation has come near. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! Those inside the city must leave it, and those who are in the country must not enter it, 22 because these are days of vengeance to fulfill all the things that are written. 23 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
25 “Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring sea and waves. 26 People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world, because the celestial powers will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near!”
One prayer to pray with the rest of us.
Father, help us to be the best parents and grandparents, and teachers, and elders, and influencers for the children you send our way.
Today’s assignment, should you choose to accept it.
When you see a child today, thank God for the blessing of influence. Attempt to be a blessing to a child or the parent of a child.