LESSONS LEARNED AT GRANNY’S HOUSE
I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also (2 Timothy 1:5, NKJV)
My mother, sister, and I visited Granny’s house almost every week during my childhood Wisdom is not given it is learned throughout our lives. Our elders have lived and experienced more than those who are younger. This is part of God’s intent, as we get older we trade our youth and strength for wisdom and patience. These are some practical lessons I learned that have followed me throughout my life.
SHARING: My uncle had an army belt to which he fastened his tools. My cousin Jeannie and I both played with that belt when we visited. I wanted to take that belt home with me but my grandmother insisted that the tool belt remain at her home and that we learn to share.
MONEY MANAGEMENT: Granny sent me to a nearby market to buy some groceries and return an empty pop bottle for a refund. I brought back the groceries but pocketed the deposit. She insisted I return the deposit also. Since then I have been more honest about handling money.
KEEPING BUSY: In fair weather I could explore the neighborhood with my friends, but on rainy days I was easily bored. Granny purchased a huge book with games and puzzles tailored to my age; I would spend hours in her overstuffed chairs accomplishing the activities.
COUNTRY LIFE: During childhood I lived in a tenement house in a city, so it was a treat to go visit Granny in the country. Their property supplied many needs. They raised chickens to gather eggs and also to eat. I loved to climb the large apple tree that graced the back yard. Their garden produced a variety of vegetables. Because an iceman delivered ice, they saved the costs of an electric refrigerator. Gathered at the table for a meal, we always said grace. Granny’s unselfish, God-centered life reminded me of Timothy’s grandmother Lois (2 Timothy 1:5).
I learned many lessons at Granny’s house
That helped me become a better spouse.
Managing money, an unselfish life,
Keeping busy, and country life.
Spending time at Granny’s house helped me better understand family relationships.
What lessons have you learned from your grandparents that helped you live a more productive life?
How can you put the lessons from this devotional into living a life more pleasing to God?