In order to 'maintain our footing' (no pun intended in view of our weather), we must each take personal responsibility for our relationship to God. It is to the extent our relationship is with Him that we can be effective in serving Him. What I mean is: if we have a weak relationship with God, then our influence is weak.
Our first efforts for God are, and should be, to those closest to us - family and close friends. Even though our children are grown and hopefully on their own, we still have a spiritual responsibility to them and their children (our grandkids!).
As we develop our relationship with God over time, that must be reflected to those around us. We must not keep our increased knowledge to ourselves. What we may not have been able to do when they were younger, we can certainly to that possibility now. Rather than lamenting about the past, we need to be active in the present for their future.
The Word tells us that we will all be held accountable for what we did and did not do. We must be sensitive then, in our spiritual journey, that we are responsible to God for our lives and our influence. Are we taking our responsibility seriously? Who do you know that needs God, right now?
God bless us, everyone.