A couple of years ago, I came across a verse that left an imprint on my heart. It speaks volumes in one sentence. This verse reminds me of my heritage and how important it is.
In 2 Timothy, Paul is writing from prison to encourage young Timothy. He mentored Timothy from a boy into a man and wants to teach him every last thing he can, even from prison. Maybe especially from prison.
2 Timothy 1:5 says, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
Two verses later, Paul tells Timothy that God does not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but rather power, love, and self-control. He wants Timothy to be all he can be and never let circumstances or fear dictate his actions.
A Legacy of Faith for our children?
Verse 5 means so much to me because of where I come from. I am blessed with godly parents and grandparents. Their faith lives through me! I am their legacy.
A Legacy of Faith
My family instilled God’s spirit in me, and I pray I keep it going. I love personalizing verses and wrote this one out as: “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Mary and in your mother Vicki and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”
When I see it with their names, I am reminded what an honor it is to be in my family, to be associated with Tom and Anne, Gib and Mary, and David and Vicki. Because of their love and the way they lived their lives, I am who I am today. None of their experiences will ever be wasted.
Please, if you are reading this and thinking this doesn’t apply to you because of your family and past, stop. We are all part of a legacy. Whether we have been in a godly family or not, we are having an effect on those around us. Even if our family just begins to be godly today, it has to start somewhere. We make choices and should strive to make the best ones.
My girls are still young but are reaping the benefits of those who came before them. They never got to meet my grandparents or my Mom, but my Dad is here, watching them grow. I pray I pass down all the faith, hope, and love to them. As the Steve Green song says, “May all who come behind us find us faithful.”
We may not think our influence is felt, but it truly is. Our children need us to step up and teach them how to live a godly life. Let us work on leaving a legacy of faith for them and the next generation.
Guest post written by: Sarah Donegan
Sarah Donegan is a wife, mom, and lover of Jesus. She grew up a tea drinker but switched to coffee once kids came along. Now that her girls are in school, she is embracing the plans God has for her instead of trying to force her own that just don’t fit right. When she isn’t singing or reading, she is probably writing. You can find her at her blog, Strainme, and on Facebook.