Saturday, September 26, 2009

Passing It On

Today I witnessed a grandfather teaching his 12 yr old grandson how to mow the yard. He stood at the edge of the yard while the young boy drove the mower in first gear slowly....very slowly around the 1/2 acre of land. The grandfather had mowed the first set of lines for him to follow which only took a few minutes. I noticed a few things that I wanted to share.
On the face of the boy was a mix of joy and fear. He was smiling, yet a little scared. He held tight onto the steering wheel and had his foot on the ready to hit the brake.
The grandfather stood at the edge of the yard. He was motionless. No yelling. No pointing. No directing. He had taught everything he could and turned the boy loose. On his face was a mix of joy and pleasure. He looked so proud of passing on the skill and knowledge of mowing the yard.
Parents and grandparents often pass down knowledge, habits and numerous other learning's or traits. Some things are passed down through nature. Others are nurture. What are you passing down and who are you nurturing? How many people have taught their children how to play sports and forget to pass down the importance of reading God's word, or praying, or what it means to be a faithful, loving, caring Christian. Spend a few moments and consider what you are passing down.
Go in peace and go with God.

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