Many of you know that my family has recently been blessed with the arrival of a bouncing baby boy, my grandson, Levi. It has been some time since I last wrote and I am very excited to get back to the blogosphere.
It is very special feeling to see a new generation being born right in front of you. Spending time with Levi is both a joyful and humbling experience. It takes me back to when my own kids were babies. While there is always a side of you that sees your baby inside the grown up faces of your children, being a grandfather brings its own new and challenging experiences.
You want to parent your child as you see them embracing their role as a father or mother and you also want to stand back because you remember how much you needed to figure it out on your own, when you were a new parent. Mostly, you realize and you begin to wonder whether the fruit of all your counsel, mentoring, fathering or mothering will endure to the next generation. Did you put in enough time with your son? Will it be more than enough for him to pass on to his sons and their sons?
My wife always says, “It is not about you, it is up to you!” and in this season of my life, it takes on new meaning as I am hit with the force of what it really means to build a heritage for generations to come. When you become a grandparent, or maybe you are already, what will be the value of the inheritance you entrust to the next generation?