We are daughters, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters, neighbours, co-workers, friends and wives…but in any of these capacities we are able to mother. In whatever stage of life we are in, whether we are a mother or not, we have a wonderful opportunity to live our lives as a legacy for the next generation.
I’m so thankful for the mother hearts that God has place around me to be an example of how to live well. I am also so thankful for my Mum and my late grandmother who are my absolute heroes of an example, the embodiment of Godly mothers.
In the Bible we read of 2 such women in 2 Timothy 1:5-6
“I have been 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. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
Paul spoke highly of Timothy in his letter to the Philippians. So confident was Paul of Timothy’s faith that, in his first letter to Timothy, he called Timothy “my true son in the faith.” Timothy became for Paul the inheritor of Paul’s mission. In Paul’s final letter to Timothy, written near the end of his life, he speaks without reserve, calling Timothy “my beloved child.”
In this verse Paul is essentially saying “Timothy, I know your grandmother, and her faith is authentic. It is the same faith I have observed in your mother, and after having watched you all this time I am convinced of your faith also.” Lois and Eunice showed Timothy by word and example what it means to live an authentic faith; a faith from which hypocrisy is totally absent, the real thing, genuine, sincere.
What higher accolade or greater tribute could be given any mother or grandmother on this Mother’s Day than to say: You gave me authentic faith!
Today I am thankful for my mother and my grandmother who did just that. And I am challenged to do the same for my children.
Happy Mother’s Day!