What strikes me most is how natural and sincere your faith is. I am convinced that the same faith that dwelt in your grandmother, Lois, and your mother, Eunice, abides in you as well.” (2 Timothy 1:5, The Voice)
What an amazing thing for Paul to say not just to Timothy but about his mother and grandmother as well. Women are not named in the Bible nearly as often as men. When they are we should take note. Here we have two women of faith, enough so for Paul to comment on it, but it’s not actually their faith that struck me.
Two phrases in the verse stand out to me: “that dwelt in your grandmother” and “abides in you as well.” Not all of us were brought up in families of faith. Not all of us look back to how our parents and other relatives were part of our faith journey, but that does not mean this verse cannot apply to us.
When I think of my own mother, I am reminded of the day of her funeral. Flowers overflowed the house. The funeral directors ran out of space to transport them from the house to the location for the funeral. Every space in every car was full.
Why so many flowers? First, my mom loved her garden (like her mother before her), and people knew it. And second, because she was so loved by the people she came into contact with they needed a way to express their grief. Her service was standing room only. (In fact, I’m pretty sure some people had to stand outside the doors.)What did they say about someone in your family that you would also want them to say about you?Click To Tweet
You could not call my mother a woman of faith. But people adored her. There must have been something about her making people love her so much. Including such a turn out of people to remember her. What quality about her drew people in? My mom stayed a busy woman. Always up to something whether her work or her leisure pursuits. She was involved in tennis, badminton, dressmaking, charity work and, of course, taking care of her award winning garden. Oh, and she was known for being an excellent cook!
But there was something more about her than just her activities. She made each person she talked to feel like they had her full attention. No one else mattered when you talked to my mom. I don’t think it was something she even worked at, it seemed to come naturally.
She made people comfortable in her presence.
The ability to make people feel at home, to make them feel comfortable in her presence … I want that part of her to dwell and abide in me as well. It doesn’t come naturally to me. However, I think about it and work it into my dealings with other people. I hope someday it will be second nature to me as well.
What piece of someone you loved do you want to dwell in you? Let’s think outside the “faith box” for a while. What part of their life do you want to be part of yours? What did others say about them that you also want to be said about you?How do you want to be remembered? What are you doing to make that a reality?Click To Tweet
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