Today is Grandparents Day here in the US, and I certainly have something to celebrate: Mally and I have 16 wonderful grandkids! Now, grandkids can remind us of many things, including ourselves—or our own child at that age. But having grandkids often reminds me that I’m not getting any younger (I tell people I’ve had to dye my hair grey to make sure people know this!). And this makes us think about the legacy we’re leaving for the next generation.
At the Ark Encounter, one of my favorite exhibits is located in the queue line gardens, just as people are entering the Ark. It features 12 stones, symbolizing the 12 stones in Joshua chapter 4. The leaders of Israel laid 12 stones of remembrance to remind future generations of the mighty works of the Lord. Our 12 stones remind us what the Ark is—a life-size testament to the truth of God’s Word and the gospel. We want coming generations to know God’s Word is true!
The Book of Psalms has a message for those of us who belong to the older generations:
He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:5–8)
One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4–6)
No matter how long you’ve been a believer, you have a spiritual legacy you can share with your children and grandchildren!
Whether or not we have the joy of being grandparents, we’re to be proclaiming the words of God so that children yet unborn might praise the Lord—what a privilege and responsibility! As a grandparent, you have a unique role in this. You’ve possibly been following the Lord for years or even decades. You’ve experienced his goodness and faithfulness time and time again. You’ve walked some hard roads and found him faithful. You’ve seen arguments against the truth of God’s Word come and go. Or maybe you’ve experienced what life is like without Christ and can share what that’s like, pointing your grandkids to Christ. No matter how long you’ve been a believer, you have a spiritual legacy you can share with your children and grandchildren!
Set up your own “12 stones”—your reminders of God’s faithfulness, so that this generation, the one coming, and the one yet to be born will remember what the Lord has done and give him the praise and glory he alone is due.
And, if you’re a grandparent, I encourage you to attend one of our brand-new Answers for Grandparents workshops at the Creation Museum. These grandparent-led workshops teach grandparents how to be intentional about their grandparenting so you can faithfully serve in this privileged role God has given you.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.