2 Timothy 1:5: “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.”
This coming Sunday, May 12th, 2013, is Mother’s Day. Like Timothy, I have a praying mother and grandmother to thank for handing down a sincere faith. I thank God for the godly legacy provided by both. My mother came to faith in Christ when I was a young child. She made sure that my sisters and I were in church each Sunday to hear the Word of God. She admits that there were weeks when she did not feel like going to church, but went anyway. She knew the importance of developing good habits for our spiritual growth. She also prayed for us constantly. Most importantly, my mother modeled good spiritual habits in our home. I would see my mother read her Bible every day. She was careful about what entertainment my sisters and I consumed. She served in our local church, in everything from cleaning to teaching Sunday school. Above all, my mother conducted and continues to conduct her life in a way that showed me how a follower of Christ should behave. I am grateful for the spiritual legacy she provided. I will tell you that without her faithfulness, I would not be serving the Lord the way I am today.
When I talk to many people returning to the faith, I hear stories of praying mothers and grandmothers who paved the way. These mothers must be the most powerful people in the church. Judging from Paul’s letter to Timothy, these godly women have tremendously impacted past generations and will continue to impact generations to come. We bless our mothers and thank God for them.
-by Pastor Shawn Martin