Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2021 Blog Number 42
October 18, 2021
Grandsons and Christian Mentoring
My younger grandson turned two years old this week. In just a few months my older one will be three years old. It does not seem possible that close to three years ago my life changed for the better with the arrival of a grandson. I really didn’t think that I was old enough to be a grandfather.
Sometimes I don’t realize how much these two guys have changed until I look back at old pictures. When I view them, I realize how incredibly these to have grown and transformed. I remember the past and I see the present. What will the future of these two boys be?
I have helped them to walk. I have encouraged them to speak clear words and worked on table manners and polite speech. I am now helping parents to teach them how to use a water closet properly so diaper expenses will be a thing of the past.
How about their faith? Can I be a good and faithful teacher of the Christian faith in these boys? Will my faith and life, as imperfect as they are, be effective in drawing these two in the Christian faith, life and fellowship. Granted, it is not only me who will be working toward this outcome. Parents, Grandparents, and the congregational community will also be hoping for and struggling toward this goal. To coin a phrase, it really does “take a village” to help a child become a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Yes, we all will be encouraging the boys to come to worship. Yes, we are reading Bible stories to the boys. Of course, we are praying for, and with, the boys, and teaching them to pray. More than that, we are all striving to be good role models of what adult Christians act like and sound like. I am grateful that other will be showing these examples. I often fall short of acting as a Christian gentleman should act.
I know the past and I know the present of these boys. What will the future be for them? I don’t know. It is up to God. I’ll be doing all that I can do for a good outcome and I’m sure that God will be blessing our good efforts and correcting us when we are off course. The final outcome? Only God knows. I will work as if it is all up to me and pray as if it is all up to God.
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