I love playing with my five grandkids. When my seven-year-old grandson asked me to play Monopoly at our house, I thought about it for about five seconds and enthusiastically said, let's do it and we did it. When my four-year-old granddaughter wanted to play puzzles, my mind switched into puzzle mode.
This week we are visiting with our son and his wife and their two kids in St. Louis. My newly-minted three-year-old grandson was at my side pretty much the whole time when he was awake. We played basketball right-sized for his age and did everything else, including watching Daniel Tiger.
During these times, I ask myself what about the times when he's a teenager and he asked me for the most important thing he could do. It would be easy to say always get a good internet connection or eat red beets .
But if any of them, three grandsons and two granddaughters, asked me that question, I'd have to share what I've learned in my almost 71 years.
I'd say, "Get to know Jesus Christ" as a person. Everyday learn more about him, who he is, what he did and why it's important to you. Learn the "who, what, when, where, how, why and so what" of Jesus and what he means to your everyday life.
There's lots of other stuff to learn, but it all starts with Jesus. They're learning this from their parents everyday.
I wish I would have had a grandfather who could have nudged me earlier in my life to do this. I had a mom who was great, but I needed an older guy to tell me too.