“Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.”Deuteronomy 32:7
Moses was keenly aware of the importance of passing down information and blessings to children of the next generation. How do you keep the lines of communication open to do this? Here are some guidelines:
1) Advance, do not withdraw. Do not assume children are not listening and watching you. Just continue input into their lives.
2) Recognize the value of your daily lifestyle. Be sure that you “practice what you preach.”
3) Take an interest in the interests of the younger. What you respect, you will attract.
4) Demonstrate unconditional love. Love the sinner but not the sin. It is when they stumble that they need you the most. (See Proverbs 17:17a.)
5) Allow room for mistakes. Lessons in life are often learned by trial and error. (YOU did not arrive at perfection overnight.)
6) Recognize the power of your prayers. Timothy’s mother and grandmother’s faith helped him.
7) Be generous with your resources. You cannot take it with you to the grave. Bless your family while you can, especially at times of crises.
Remember, it is never too late to begin again. Work at BRIDGING THE GAP! It is worth the effort!
“God of all generations, help me to remain an open vessel of communication with young people even when it seems a bit awkward. Allow me to learn from them too. Amen.”