~ Tonya Masoner
The apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy, “I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5). Lois and Eunice raised Timothy to know scripture and to love the word of God. They were very influential in his Christian walk and had built a strong foundation for Timothy to do bigger and greater things in his life.
Let’s take a closer look at Timothy’s foundation starting with his godly grandmother, Lois. The Scripture does not mention a husband but she does give her daughter a Greek name which may suggest he was Greek himself. The family lived in Lystra, one of two cities located in Lycaonia. The people there worshipped Greek gods such as Zeus and Hermes. Despite the worshipping of Greek gods, Lois was faithful in raising a daughter to love God and help raise a grandson who shared the love of God.
Timothy also had a faithful mother, Eunice. She marries a Greek believer (Acts 16: 1-3). Some suggest may be she was going through a period of rebellion when she married outside her faith. He is not mentioned by name and may have died when Timothy was young. At some point I assume she comes back to her senses and to her faith and raises her son spiritually and physically.
Lois and Eunice played an important role in raising Timothy. But Timothy himself played an important role as well. He was an obedient child. He had a great respect for the teachings passed on by his mother and grandmother. It’s no wonder Timothy went on to become a man of God and the Apostle Paul’s most trusted companion and disciple.
The day my daughter, Megan was born was the happiest and the scariest of days rolled into one. I was happy in the sense that my baby was finally here. I couldn’t wait to hold her and to love her like only a mother can. There are no words to express the bond between mother and baby once they place that little one on your chest and you feel her little heart beat in time with yours. Scary in the sense as I looked down at her tiny face that God had entrusted me with the care of this child. I am responsible for teaching her right and wrong, yes and no and the good and bad of the world. Being a young mother the only thing I knew to do, was love her the way God loves me-unconditionally. And today she is a happy, healthy, married, godly mother to my first grandson, Mason.
Being a grandmother is one of my greatest joys and a serious responsibility. I raised a godly daughter and now she will pass on that faith to my grandson with my help of course. There is so much to teach him, so much I want him to know. And it all begins with the Bible. Grandmother’s do not underestimate the gift you have been given. God may be using you to lead your grandchildren to Jesus.
Am I worried about my grandson becoming a man of God? No, because just like Timothy, he had a strong foundation in Lois and Eunice. Mason has the same strong foundation. A godly grandmother and a faithful mother.
Have you checked your foundation lately?