Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2 Timothy 1:1-14

These opening words of Paul to Timothy really show the care the Paul has for Timothy. What is interesting to me about it is verse 5 “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.” Paul is showing the how faith has been handed down throughout Timothy’s family, beginning with strong women of faith in Timothy’s life.

Hopefully that happens in all of our families. Hopefully we are all finding ways of teaching our children and instilling in them our faith and St. Matthew’s is supporting us through our children’s program, Church school on Sunday mornings.

I’m reminded of my own grandmother who was a devout Southern Baptist woman. When I was 10 years old, my mother, sister and I moved in with her. She immediately insisted that we start attending church and enrolled my sister and me in Vacation Bible School. I didn’t mind that so much, but what I didn’t like and really didn’t want to do was the pageant they held on the last day. At the end of the week, in the evening, they had all the parents, grandparents and relatives come to see what we kids had been doing all week. I was in the oldest class so I had to memorize a bible verse. They were passed out at the beginning of the week by drawing the verse out of a hat. I was so upset! I had the longest one! I didn’t know how I was ever going to memorize that verse, nor did I understand why it was so important.

The truth is that verse became key in my life “For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, to the end that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.” Every time I’ve hit a rough patch in life, this verse instantly comes back.

Our kids don’t always want to do the things we ask, like going to church, but while they are growing up, they don’t get to make all of their own choices – some things are necessary for them to learn, like reading, math, science and faith. It is our job to teach them. Just as Paul attributes Timothy’s faith to his mother and grandmother, so we too must influence our family.

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