Luke Coker, age three months

Recently my grandson and I were sitting on the front porch discussing the crisis in the Middle East, the present economic situation, and the way technology is transforming our civilization. The conversation was difficult primarily because I could not get Luke’s mind off of his next meal, staying dry and his afternoon nap. I worry about Luke.

I not only worry about Luke and my other grandchildren, I worry about your grandchildren. I worry about what they will be thinking a generation from now about foundational issues. How will they describe their faith? How will they define ‘family’? How seriously will they hold to the Bible?

With the passing of another birthday I am forced to confess that my peers and I are past the point of having our thinking given much validity. I have reached a point where I see more of my peers in the funeral home than in everyday life. Oh, we can give our children advice and they listen. But changing their most important thoughts, probably minimally.

Our grandchildren are a different issue.   Here is where we seniors can make a difference. I have decided to begin pouring myself into areas that can impact our society. First, my generation was a generation where church, its teachings, its fellowship, times of worship were essential to the community at large. Basically it gave us roots. Roots are essential for life. I hope you will join me in strengthening the witness of this body, especially to young people. Grandparents, take seriously the God-centered education of the younger members of your family. Don’t quit, write the teachings on the doorpost of every grandchild.

Secondly, to have an impact with your grandchildren there must be some form of an attachment, a bonding, a sharing, and a personal relationship. Too often our relationship is limited to attendance at a school function, an athletic event or having a meal together. As important as these activities are they limit the time for you to nurture the values that are so important for the generation. To accomplish the goals needed, your grandchild must get to know you and who you are. The values that made our generation are being placed on the back burner and not being passed on to the current generation. The baton is being dropped.

Today make a goal to spend some time with your grandchild on a regular basis, just the two of you. Even better  would be for you to plan a week together next summer doing some activity that involves you as a participate not a spectator.  At these meetings it is not necessary to talk about ‘the good old days’ or how it was when you were a child—  be present in the present. You get the  idea. If we are to impact the younger generation it is important  for you and your grandchild to be together so you will have the opportunity to share those values, morals, and guidelines essential for a productive life. Your grandchild needs what you have to offer. Be the messenger.







J&G walking on beachFacebook is a billboard for summer activities and the beach is winning the honors. Although my friend who has travelled to Nova Scotia and is now in California while riding his motorcycle, accompanied by his son, ranks right at the top.

I can almost hear her singing it, can’t you? Straight out of Porgy and Bess…….the lady rolls those big eyes and belts out:

Summertime and the livin ’is easy

Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high

 Makes us wanna git right down and run around the house barefoot. We are talking about cut-offs, t-shirts, kite flyin, truckin, shaggin’ flies, and no school.  I mean there ain’t nothin’ like those lazy hazy days of summer, right? We would all pile in the car cause we were going to Florida. Mama had been cooking fried chicken and boiling eggs for a week so we didn’t have to stop to eat. Shucks, we ate almost all the food before we got to Flat Creek.  Summertime a long-awaited and much-needed season of relaxation and rest. You know something, you cannot ignore the necessity of the summer season in your life. There is an old Greek motto that says:



Loosening the strings on our bow means when we have some leisure and we live it up. We deliberately erase from our minds  our day-to-day activities. We break the up-tight mold and do stuff that helps us stay sane, fun to be with and whole people. Which means if we spend a week in one of our favorite places we don’t pinch pennies. We don’t even talk about it or think about it.IMG_0288 The same applies to an evening at a classy restaurant. If we take a cruise, we don’t focus on dieting. We refuse to be like the woman on the Titanic who, as she climbed into the lifeboat,  facing an uncertain future, sobbed in anguish, “If I had known this was going to happen, I’d have had the chocolate mousse for dessert!”

If we shoot the rapids on the Ocoee or tubing down the Chattahoochee we go into the attack mode. We scream and spit and gag on a raft full of water as we forget all about being responsible, sensible. professional and proper. The aches and pains we worry about later. This also applies to an afternoon at the Braves stadium.

Maybe that’s what Jim Elliot meant when he wrote, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God”

For the one who has entered His rest has himself

Also rested from his works, as God did from His. Let us

Therefore be diligent to enter that rest…………. (Hebrews 4:9)

Finally a word of advice………………..better keep it to yourself.  A lot of folks never go anywhere without a thermometer, a raincoat, a full tank of gas, a gargle, a hot-water bottle, aspirin, a change of socks, plenty of hair spray. Oh, yeah, they are also the ones who keep asking, “What time is it?” How much does this cost?” And, are you sure everybody will understand.                                         Amish Country Aujgust12 010     Special note: The theme for this ‘blog’ was taken from “Growing in the Seasons of Life” Charles Swindoll.     [JC1]