Courage to Lead


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
– Joshua 1:9

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“Have I not commanded you?….”

As I have written in another post, “we may not have been ‘on top of things’ in the spiritual training (disciple making) of our now grown children, but as long as we are breathing there is still time, time to be involved and encourage our sons and daughters to teach their sons and daughters.”  God has commanded us to teach our children and grandchildren the ways of God.  We must do as He has commanded us.

“Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed.…”

Many times though, as parents and grandparents, we can be afraid to do what God has commanded.  I had forgotten that those words could cause you to feel apprehensive, maybe a little fearful. If you were not “on top of things” then, it makes it even more difficult to make up for those things now. It might be hard. Your adult children may not listen.  You might be saying to yourself, “If I didn’t know what to say or do then, what could I hope to accomplish now?”  God doesn’t want us to be fearful of what might be.  Instead He wants us to…

“Be strong and courageous…”

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary online, courage is the ability to do (or “be”) something that you know is difficult or dangerous. Something I have learned over the years is that there are times when there is no other choice but to step out of our comfort zone and do what is important.

Being a grandparent who is concerned for the spiritual well-being of your children and grandchildren calls for courage. It will take courage to speak to your children and grandchildren the things of God, to teach them to forgive, to pray with them and encourage them to walk with God. Thankfully, we can look to God as our source of courage.  Only the courage that comes from God can give us the strength to battle the fears we have. Our children’s and grandchildren’s eternities are worth fighting the battle with fear and doing what we know is right.

I want to encourage fathers and mothers to be strong and courageous in leading your families to walk with God, together. I want to encourage grandfathers and grandmothers to pray for your sons and daughters and to be strong and courageous in supporting your children as they lead their families to walk with God. The greatest encouragement that can be given is the last phrase of Joshua 1:9,

“…for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”

That makes all the difference.

What Scripture gives you the courage to lead?

Encourage a fellow grandparent…leave a comment below!

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