|A Playground in Quebec City ~ I visited in June 2011.|
And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15
By default, I half listened to the television that was on in the waiting area where I sat. A young 90 year old man was introduced by the host to the applause of an enthusiastic audience. I was impressed by his healthy alertness, vitality, and cheerful responses. I sat a little straighter and tried to hear what he had to say. He didn’t appear to be a day over 75. And then, he referred to his dear mother departed, and smiled as he spoke of her. I didn’t hear much after that because I became lost in the wonder of such an old son still sensing his mother’s love and recalling her words which lived on in him.
A couple of days later, I heard another interview. A middle aged sports icon spoke of his grandmother’s instructions which still guide him today. I thought of the verses in Paul’s letter to Timothy.
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. 2 Timothy 1:5
Matthew Henry wrote this in his bible commentary:
“Thus pious women may take encouragement from the success of Lois and Eunice with Timothy, who proved so excellent and useful a minister. Some of the most worthy and valuable ministers the church of Christ has been favoured with, have had to bless God for early religious impressions made upon their minds by the teaching of their mothers or other female relatives.”
These words touched my heart. Maybe it was because I was spending a wonderful holiday with my children and grandchildren. Maybe it was because the Lord has been calling me to prayer, for the hurting and homeless, the fatherless, those who are alone and suffering, and in particular for the unborn and children, everywhere.
While some might say it’s an accident of heredity what we ourselves got handed in youth, we all have a personal opportunity to impact a life for good by our words and actions. We all have a responsibility to do all the good we can do. And we can impact the life of a child. We don’t have to look very far.
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 2 Peter 1:7
Now that is a wonderful gift, a blessing to you and to future generations.
|My grandchildren reading.|
God bless you and keep you. Invite Him to walk along beside you in 2015. Happy New Year!