August 30, 2017

Romans 8:28 (NLT) — 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Love is a verb. Love is action. I love my granddaughters. It gives me great pleasure to please them. The other day Vesper came up to me and said, “Grandpa will you play with me?” I said, “Sure what do you want to do?” And so for the next few hours we colored in her animal book, we built things out of Legos, we went to the park and I pushed her on the swings and we climbed on all playground equipment. We went down the slides and through the tunnels. When I went through the tunnels I knew I was getting older:) We went for a walk and got a slice of pizza and a chocolate milk and sat down on the side walk and shared it. I listen when she talks and laugh when she laughs.

I do age appropriate things with all three of them. Rylie who is 2yrs old came up to me the other day and said, “Grandpa follow the leader.” And so we played follow the leader for awhile. Then she says, “Fruit snacks.” And she went to the cupboard and brought out a couple of packages of fruit snacks for us. Then it was, “Fig bars.” And so she go a couple of packages of fig bars.

They know Grandpa loves them because I spend time with them. I care about the things they care about. I find out what pleases them and then I go about pleasing them. I hug them and hold them and take them on walking adventures. And I know they love me because when they see me come to their house or when they come to church they always run up to me with big smiles, open arms and voices that say, “Grandpa Dan!” They don’t fear me, cower before me or run from me. They know that when they are with me everything will work out for good. In a sense I am laying down my life for them. Jesus said this about love:

John 15:13 (NLT) — 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

I believe that the way I treat my granddaughters is the way God wants me to  treat him. To care about what he cares about. To do the things that please Him. To make him feel that he is special to me. To put him first in all that I do. That is laying down my life for him. That is love. And according to our verse all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose. God has called us for the purpose of loving him.

Find out what God wants to do and then do it with him. Example: We know he loves to be generous so find ways in which you can be generous. We know he loves to do good so go do some good things. We know he loves to help so go be helpful. We know he loves to serve so …..:)

My granddaughters never worry about anything going wrong when they are with me. And we should never worry about things going wrong when we are with God. It will all work out; He promised.

Psalm 37:3–6 (NLT) — 3 Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. 6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    Whenever you use examples of your granddaughters to give us a picture of God’s Word, I am reminded of the scriptures where Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God belongs to ‘such as these’. We need to learn from the children and have faith and trust like them. As adults we often make the gospel hard. For children it is simple…
    Thank you Pastor Dan for bringing us back to the simplicity of God’s Word.