Guess what I just discovered something as a Grandfather and I really believe that what I discovered is one of the reasons grandchildren bring us so much joy. This thing may also be why Grandkids love their Grandparents in a way that is different from their Parents.
Now I am not saying parents that they love us more. Rather they love us differently from you. Uniquely.
So what am I talking about?
Well simply put it is the way Grandparents celebrate the ordinary.
See I’ve noticed something about myself as a grandfather. Everything that my grandkids do is important to me. Oh don’t get me wrong I took joy and pleasure in the biggies like the first word, and steps, but I also take joy in the normal things they do. Like givimg them cookies, or a Popsicle on a hot day.
I don’t recall these things being as important to me as a parent. I was to busy providing and caring for them to notice the simple things…the ordinary things.
Now though as a Grandfather I get joy in providing the ordinary. Why? Maybe it’s because the pressures off so I can relax and notice the ordinary things like popscicles and cookies. The funny way they go about doing things like getting their toys out of the toy box.
I really believe God is like this also. Jesus tells us in Luke 12:23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24 “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!
Also I believe that God calls our ordinary extrodinary! Just like Grandparents who make a big deal of little things that parents are to busy to notice at times. Grandparents aren’t and so we call attention to it and celebrate it.
God wants us to celebrate the ordinary in the lives of our grandchildren and children. So embrace His gift of life and celebrate it even if it’s ordinary.