“But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents for this is pleasing to God.” 1 Timothy 5:4 (NIV)
One of our first responsibilities is to show and live out our Christ-like life at home. This is not only true for parents, but also for the children and grandchildren. This allows them the opportunity to show their appreciation to their grandparents, giving them the opportunity of showing clearly Christian kindness and of repaying them for their love and care! This is what Timothy calls “showing piety” - “Eusebein”, that is obedient piety; piety toward a grandparent and helping with the needs that they have.
The word is commonly used to denote piety toward God, but it is also used to denote proper reverence and respect for a parent or grandparent. And to repay them as far as possible, for all of their kindness. This debt can never be wholly repaid, but still children and grandchildren should feel it a matter or respect and obligation to do as much toward them as possible for that is good and acceptable before God. It is a duty everywhere enjoyed!
So today, Grandparent’s Day, go out of your way to tell your grandparents or someone else’s grandparents, how much you appreciate them and how special they are! After all, without them you wouldn’t even be here!
Thank God for Grandparents!