I didn’t realize how lucky I was as a child until I became an adult. I had the privilege of having an incredible mom, involved grandmothers, and doting great-grandmothers. In fact, when I was born, there were 5 generations of women represented in our family. Women who have known God and make God known. Women I love and appreciate and aspire to be like.
The older I get the more I understand what a unique experience I had. Many people never knew their grandparents and, in some cases, lost their own parents much too early in life. I have learned to appreciate the gifts of my childhood with each passing year and can’t help but wonder if Timothy felt similarly.
We learn about Timothy in Paul’s letters. Timothy followed Paul on his missionary adventures, acted as Paul’s representative to many churches, and eventually served as a pastor to the church in Ephesus. Timothy was a man of sincere faith, but this faith didn’t start with him. It first lived in his grandmother Lois and in his mother Eunice. (2 Timothy 1:5)
Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise.Andy Stanley
Lois and Eunice are only mentioned by name once in the Bible, but we learn about (and from!) them in other sections of Scripture. Eunice, Timothy’s mother, was a Jewish Christian with a Greek husband. (Acts 16:1) Lois would have been Eunice’s mother or mother-in-law.
It is likely that both of these women heard Paul’s teachings, recognized Jesus as the Messiah, and raised Timothy to also follow Christ. (2 Timothy 3:14-15) As a result, Timothy became one of the most prominent New Testament teachers – leading many to know and accept Jesus as their savior.
Here are some things we learn from Lois and Eunice:
- Repeat God’s commands again and again to your children. – Deuteronomy 5:6-7
- Direct your children onto the right path. – Proverbs 22:6
- Encourage your children to walk in truth. – 3 John 1:4
- Remember that the God who started a good work in YOU will continue that work until Jesus returns. Generation after generation. – Philippians 1:6
Lois and Eunice are beautiful examples of how we, as mothers and grandmothers, have powerful influence over our children/grandchildren’s lives. Their inspiring faith and devotion to raising godly offspring should be an encouragement to us – we have an eternal impact on our children’s lives, present and future.
Abundantly More: Knowing God and Making God Known.
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. – 2 Timothy 1:5 NLT