October 3

2 Timothy 1:1-7

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.” vs. 5

Timothy was a leader in the early church and had a relationship with Paul that went back to the early missionary journeys. According to this letter Paul knew the family. Evidently it was Lois, Timothy’s grandmother, and his mother, Eunice, who first became followers of Jesus–perhaps they had met Paul on his first trip to their city. It’s a reminder that faith is regularly birthed in families and is often passed on by the strength of a mother’s testimony. Sometimes we wonder whether our children pay any attention to what we say at all–the teenage years seem to render them deaf and often it appears they can’t wait to get away from any parental influence. When left to their own devices they abandon the faith of their parents and revel in their lack of religious convictions. But we shouldn’t sell ourselves short, particularly if our children have seen the light of Christ shine in us during their time in our homes. The way we practice our faith will have a huge influence and one day they will want for themselves what they’ve seen in us. They may not practice faith in the same way, but we can be confident that the Christ-light has been passed on. And when we see the fruit of the Spirit in their lives, like Paul we will give thanks and praise to God.

Thought for the Day: How was I influenced by my mother’s faith?

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