I was cleaning out some email files that had become too cumbersome to deal with and ran across a piece entitled “Wise Things Your Grandma Told You.” As I read down the list, it seemed to me that many of “her” words of wisdom could apply equally to God passing on wisdom to people. After all, the entire book of Proverbs in the Hebrew Scriptures is about older generations passing on wisdom to younger generations. I know that in our modern world, the younger generations tend to think the older generations have nothing of value to pass along (that may have been true of my generation as well!), but I’m not convinced that’s the case. So, here are a few of Grandma’s little gems of wisdom and you can be the judge.
You are special. (God believes each one of us is special and is of great value.)
Manners matter. (God wants us to act respectful towards others.)
Don't put limits on yourself. (God hopes that we develop and share our gifts.)
Always play fair. (Do unto others; don’t lie; don’t covet; don’t steal.)
Count your blessings. (Be thankful for all that you have received.)
It's never too late. (God believes in second chances, and third and fourth….)
Worrying is a waste of energy. (God knows worrying will not solve anything or prevent anything or let you get your rest.)
Friendship is a good investment. (We are created to be in relationship with others.)
Don't take things too seriously. (We are the only creatures who have a keen sense of humor, the ability to see irony in life and to be cynical! Laughter is the elixir for life.)
The longer you carry a problem, the heavier it gets. (God tells us to forgive as well as live in the present because the past is done and the future is not guaranteed.)
A little love goes a long way. (Love is of God and is the most powerful force in the world.)
Thanks Grandma (and God)!
Posted on Tue, September 12, 2017
by Doug Meister