For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Timothy 1:5-6
This week we will be honoring mothers everywhere with several posts highlighting the characteristics of a godly mother. The role of a mother in communicating faith to her children is immeasurable. As Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:5-6, he knew Timothy had been exposed to having faith in Christ, because of the legacy of faith he was exposed to in his grandmother and mother. Paul is not saying the Timothy received his faith by relationship or inheritance with these faith filled women. Rather, Paul was saying he was confident that Timothy had been fully exposed to Christ through his grandmother and mother.
Personally, my most cherished time with my mother as a child were those times when I would wake up early in the morning and find my mother alone, either downstairs or outside on the porch, reading her Bible. She would always invite me to sit down and talk with her as she had her “quiet time” with God. I was a kid, so I never really knew what she was doing or why she got up so early to do it. But I did know that it was something that was really special to her.
Now that I am older and I have my own relationship with Christ, I not only understand what she was doing, but at times the memories of my mother reading her Bible encourage me to maintain my own personal time with the Lord. My mother is still with me, but we don’t get to see each other very often. However, there has been no distance or length of time that has been able to erase those early childhood memories of my mother’s faith. I am sure that long after she is gone I will still have those memories to both hold on to and then pass those same images on to my own children.
Faith is not passed on by osmosis nor by inheritance but as faith filled women model their faith in front of their children they expose them to an enduring faith in Jesus Christ. This week (why wait until Sunday) as we scramble to the mall to get a gift for “mom”, take some time to reflect and celebrate the gift of faith that a grandmother and/or mother introduced you to – through their faith. Whether they are alive or in heaven and whether they are biological or just heaven sent, thank God for the faith filled legacy of character in your grandmother and mother.
EYM family, how did a special mother or grandmother introduce you to or strengthen your faith in Christ?