2 Timothy 1:5 – I have been 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. (NIV)
My grandmother passed away in September 2008. She was 95 years old and had an incredible life. She lived through both World Wars I and II, she had seven children, and when the youngest two were still at home, she was bereaved of her husband. She had to work outside the home at a time when women didn't, so that she could provide for her family. She lived every day to its fullest: babysitting at the church until age 75, bowling into her 80s, visiting the "old" people, and finally giving up driving at 90.
The thing that stands out the most in my mind about her was her faith. She lived her faith every day. She raised her children in the church, and when we grandchildren would visit her, she would take us to church as well. When I would visit, I would often find her in the morning with her Bible open and kneeling for prayer. As she got older, she would say that she didn't have much to give to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but she could pray for them, and I'm sure that she did!
Timothy's grandmother and mother taught him about faith and living out his faith every day. They were examples of faith in action for Timothy and others to witness. They saw the importance of sharing their faith with others, especially with family. What kinds of things are we doing to teach and share our faith with our children, grandchildren, neighbours, and colleagues? Praying for them, reading the Bible with them, and taking or inviting them to church are great places for all of us to start.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for grandmothers, grandfathers, parents, and friends who share their faith with family and friends, who lead by example, and who leave behind a testimony of faith. Help us to live out our faith every day so that the footprints we leave may help others to find You and choose to follow You. Amen.