Blog: Grandparents, Batons, and Very Special Rocks
by Mrs. Dawn Utz
Grandparents Day is a very special time of year for us here at Highlands Christian Academy. On Wednesday, October 12, we celebrated our 27th Annual Grandparents Day, after a slight delay in the schedule due to Hurricane Matthew. We were truly blessed by all the parents, family members, and especially grandparents who were able to join us that morning.
For those of you who saw the program in person or via live stream, I hope you got the message that we think grandparents are pretty special! You might have also recognized a particular theme running throughout the program—not just about how much we love our grandparents, but also about how a godly heritage is passed from one generation to the next generation.
God’s Word tells us the important role parents and grandparents have in our lives. Deuteronomy 4:9 says, But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. In this passage, Moses was challenging the Israelites to never forget all they had gone through as they escaped from captivity in Egypt, how God had provided for them in the desert, how He had protected them from their enemies, and how He was giving them the Promised Land. Moses recognized that as they looked forward to entering this new land, there was great need to remember from where the Lord had brought them.
Several weeks ago our teachers and administrators met outside the elementary building before school and had a time of prayer for our school and for God’s continued protection of our students, faculty, and staff. You might have seen a picture of this on our school’s Facebook page. What you didn’t see in the picture was the rock Mr. Lopez held in his hand with a special date he had written on it. He shared with the faculty how that rock was a reminder of a particular incident when the Lord had protected our students and school. Throughout Scripture, we see a similar practice. When the Israelites wanted to remember some special blessing of the Lord, they would build a memorial, and many times it would be an altar or a stack of rocks. This memorial would be a reminder for everyone that sees it of that blessing from the Lord, whether it was protection, provision, or deliverance. As you read this, I challenge you, whether you are a parent or grandparent, to be a living memorial of remembrance—remembrance of God’s love and faithfulness for your children and grandchildren.
Are you passing the baton of God’s many blessings of provision, protection, and goodness to the next generation? Several times in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul uses the analogy of life being a race. Just as in a relay race where one runner passes the baton on to the next runner, we are passing the baton of our faith, values, and beliefs to the younger generation—to our children and grandchildren. Will we be able to say, as Paul did in 2 Timothy 4:7, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith?
I leave you with a challenge. 3 John 4 says, I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. For those of you who already have a personal relationship with Christ, share God’s faithfulness, His provision, His protection, His deliverance, His commandments, His promises, and His Word with your children and grandchildren. Tell of His goodness, His peace, His faithfulness, His grace, and His mercies. When these children see you or talk with you, let them be the reminded of the Lord and all that He is to you! For those of you who don’t know Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, there is no better time than now to put your faith and trust in Him. He gave His life as a sacrifice to pay the debt that we could never pay. He gives us the free gift of salvation and a life with Him forever.
Parents, grandparents, and family members, will you be a part of passing that godly heritage from generation to generation? Thank you for allowing the faculty and staff of Highlands Christian Academy the privilege of working with your children each and every day and for letting us be a part of passing the baton of a godly heritage to your children.