I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my forefathers did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy, clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also.
(2 Timothy 1:3-5)
A middle school mathematics teacher can easily get caught up with instructing students in areas such as solving multi-step equations, graphing linear inequalities, and solving word problems. The teacher may even get credit for the students’ growth and successes as they meet or exceed standards. The reality is that a group of elementary math teachers established a foundation with number sense and basic computation.
When Paul thought about Timothy, his child in the faith, he knew who deserved a tip of the hat. Due recognition was given to Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and his mom, Eunice. Both had communicated a faith in God to their grandson and son.
As Christians, we have a great opportunity to continue the godly heritage that preceded us or establish a new godly line. Like the elementary teacher who diligently laid a strong foundation for years of future success, a Spirit-filled life will point future generations toward a sincere faith in the One who is worthy of all praise.
Randy & Felecia Cain