3 very important things my grandparents taught me
My grandparents, John and Dorothy Jonas, were two of the most God-fearing people I knew as a child. They loved the Lord Jesus Christ, they loved His Church, and they loved seeing souls saved. After they retired, they travelled and shared God’s love all over the U.S. Of course, they made sure that each of their grandkids had the opportunity to meet Jesus and proclaim Him Savior. This leads me to the number one thing I learned from my grandparents:
- Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was just a child, camping with Grandma and Grandpa at a church retreat.
- Jesus is the glue that holds a marriage together. Shortly before Jon and I married, Grandpa asked me if I wanted the marriage to last… I really had no idea how that would happen, so I said, “Of course, Grandpa!” He simply said for me to keep Christ centered in my life, and He will put everything else in place. Best advice ever.
- Time not spent with children during their growing years is time lost and leads to regret. This one was difficult to hear them talk about because it involved my mother, and she expressed the challenge she had throughout childhood and on into adulthood resulting from this truth. My mom often said that she had beautiful clothes and other things, but she rather would have enjoyed time with her parents. This message is critical for my generation. We assess our parenting ability by what we can buy for our children, and the truth is that there is no material thing that replaces the value children feel when parents simply want to spend time with them. Hearing my grandparents express their regret 40 years too late was a pivotal moment for me. I knew that I could choose to learn from their mistake.
Grandma and Grandpa, thank you for leading me to Jesus. I carry the mantel of declaring His love in all the world. I look forward to running my race to the finish and then celebrating around the throne with all of our family in Christ Jesus!