Shaped by Great Women
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 1:5
There are so many people who have influenced me as a man. Among the most influential in my life were my grandfather and grandmother. Because of their presence and faith, they both single-handedly influenced the direction of my life more than anyone else. So if you are a grandparent, don't dismiss the impact you have on the young and impressionable. Teach them at every turn.
Paul understands the principle of this type of influence. And because he does, he leans on his awareness of Timothy's family heritage—specifically these two women—his grandmother and mother. They were both among women he had met while traveling and icons of the Christian faith. And now, while Paul is in the final hours of his own life, he remembers them and their faith as he reflects on the man that Timothy is becoming. And then he charges Timothy to do the same. He challenges him to carry on this same kind of legacy.
We must note that often in scripture, Paul tells us to forget the past. To forget former ways. To forget our sins. To forget the desires of the flesh. But in contrast, he tells us here to remember the past but not our former ways. Instead, it's a call to remember the deep, rich, and sincere faith of two people who had greatly influenced him and so many others. It's a subtle nudge for him to do and become the same.
ASK THIS: Who is one person who has influenced your faith that you need to remember today?
DO THIS: Write their name in the comments below! And tell them thank you, if you still can.
PRAY THIS: God, thank you for all the people you have brought into my life who have directed me toward you.
PLAY THIS: Sanctus Real. Lead Me.
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