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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Lessons Learned

Tuesday’s Thought

The names of those who left a comment during July or August were entered into a drawing for a copy of the book While They Were Sleeping: 12 Character Traits for Moms [Grandmoms] to Pray.

And the winner is ... Gayla Grace. Congrats, Gayla!

As I’m writing this, almost two million people have been evacuated from the Gulf in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav’s arrival this morning. Most are now breathing a sigh of relief as Gustav has been downgraded to a Category One.

Evacuating 1.9 million people in several days is no small feat. I think that everyone would say that the local, state, and federal governments learned a lot from what did not happen with Hurricane Katrina, and they applied what they learned.

As I thought about the hard lessons learned from Katrina, I thought about some hard lessons that I’ve learned in my life—to wait on God’s timing, to hold my tongue, to save that dollar today because we might need it tomorrow. Proverbs 28:26b (The Message) says, “Real survivors learn wisdom from others.”

As grandparents, we have an opportunity to share some of our life-lessons with our grands. They can learn from us so they don’t need to make the same mistakes.

One of Jim and my pastors tells a story of his uncle taking him to a toy store and telling him that he could have anything that he wanted. He could have had an electric train or gigantic erector set. Instead he chose a small trinket and wondered years later Why did I do that?

Our pastor wanted us to learn from his mistake - to realize that too often when God offers us so much, we settle for so little.

He is able,

1 comment:

Gayla said...

Thank you Mary! I can't believe I won that book - I never win anything! That will be a great book for me as I pray for our five kids. Hope to see you at ACW next week.