In 2 Timothy 1:5, we’re introduced to a woman whose influence and investment would later go on to help spread the good news of Christ throughout much of the ancient world. The time she’d spent sharing her faith with her daughter and eventually her grandson would be multiplied to form one of the first missionary teams that would travel the greater parts of the world and eventually be summarized in the canon of Scripture.
Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.” And if you’ve ever read through the New Testament, specifically the missionary letters, you’ve experienced the inheritance that this woman–this grandma– left behind. The fruit of the life she lived is widespread. And yet, very little is known of who she was. But that’s what makes her story all the more inspiring–that her legacy wasn’t about herself. It was about Christ.
Her name was Lois, she was the mother of Eunice, a Jew who married a Grecian Gentile. And other than that, the only other thing that Scripture records of Lois’ life is that her sincere faith was lived out before her grandson, Timothy. Theirs is the story of one generation telling the next, who told the next, who told the next. Theirs is a story of generational influence.
We’re sitting down today to talk about grandparenting–specifically the generational influence that we each have or will have upon our children’s children.
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