As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 2 Timothy 1:4-5
We all want the best for our children. We feed and clothe them and send them to school. We never want them to suffer or be without. In fact we would give up our life for our kids. However, the most important thing we can do for our children, more important than even our lives, is the gift of faith.
We see in today’s verses that Timothy had not only a believing mother but a believing grandmother. Timothy inherited his faith from his mother and grandmother. The Bible doesn’t speak to who else these two women brought to the faith, maybe many or maybe only a few. In fact, if Timothy was the only person they brought to the faith then that was enough.
Because of Lois and Eunice Timothy believed. He believed enough to follow Paul and to become in Paul’s own words his son. And because of Timothy we have the two letters Paul wrote to Timothy, letters that help us know how to select church leaders and how to act as a church.
I can identify with Timothy. We don’t know anything about his dad, if he believed or not. My dad was not much of a church goer. He believed but just rarely went to church. So, like Timothy my grandmother and mom made sure we went to church. So, because of those two women I find myself today writing my thought about Paul’s letter to Timothy and sending them to you. It was not a very straight journey. In fact it wound away from church for almost 20 years. But God never forgets us and always leads us back to Him.
Finally, dads, don’t send the kids to church, take them. Yes I know you are tired. I know you work hard. But the example you set will be with your children for their entire lives. You sons will see you in church and will imitate you. For them church will not be for the women but for all of us. And your daughters will look for a man who puts his faith in action going to church to worship the Lord.
Our children may be the only people we ever bring to the Lord, but He will do amazing things through them. The impact we make through our children will be felt for generations to come.
Have a blessed day,