5 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.
We are reminded in Paul’s second letter to Timothy of the impact that a legacy of belief and faith has on those we are close to. Timothy’s mother and grandmother were faithful disciples of Jesus. The sincerity of their faith was so evident that it had molded Timothy’s view of life, and his purpose in that life. I often think of how my faith is evidenced to my children. Do they see the “sincerity” of my devotion to Jesus? Or is it, (or He) a rarely discussed topic I hope somehow seeps into their consciousness over time?
I think of the passage in Deuteronomy where Moses is encouraging the parents of Israel:
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Nothing is more important in my life than Jesus. Education, wealth, career advice, “happiness” -- these things all pale in significance when compared to leaving my sons and daughters a legacy of faith in Jesus.