Solomon said it well: “Children’s children are a splendor to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” The inestimable joy that comes with a grandchild is difficult to explain. It is indeed like a burst of splendor that produces pride that is difficult to diminish no matter what happens.
But there seems to be a circle in this verse that we must not overlook. With all of the pleasurable moments we enjoy with our grandchildren there comes a tremendous responsibility. It is in the second section of this verse: “parents are the pride of their children.” Here, Solomon sets a stake in the ground that indicts parents. He insists that we must recognize and accept the responsibility that we who are parents have to God.
To have an honorable grandchild the grandparent is responsible for having been a model father. This does not imply that fathers are to be perfect. That’s not possible. But it does mean that the grandchild’s father was well mentored by a father who honored God in all things.
Prayer: Father, every Dad wants to be a Dad that pleases you. Forgive our failures and help us to succeed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Proverbs 17:6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
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