Raising Up a Timothy

Today you can read an oldie but goodie from my archives. I can’t believe I wrote this nearly 4 years ago already!

I recently thought of it again as I got several very sweet, very humbling messages from my 8th grader’s teachers. Basically each of them told me what a great kid he is and what good character he displayed. I as his Mom wasn’t exactly surprised, but it still brought tears to my eyes. (You know, one of those moments where you feel like you really are doing this parenting thing right once in a while?) Another thing that brought this article to mind was a conversation I overheard between two of my other kids. I forget what they were discussing, but it was something they happened to see on TV. Their wording was something like, “well, since I’m a Christian I know better than to believe that…” Then the other child piped up with, “I’m glad we’re Christians. A lot of people aren’t and they fall for other things too easily.”

So, after sharing my something “out of the mouths of babes,” take a gander at this little article I came up with a few years back.

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Of the many, many things I can thank my parents for over the years, one is that they didn’t name me Eunice. Granted, I went through a temporary spell in my preteen years where I didn’t like my name, but have since embraced the name they gave me. Now, I’m not totally knocking the name Eunice. In fact, I’m sure there are some quite wonderful women out there named Eunice. I don’t personally know any, but I can tell you that I’m impressed with a Eunice that lived about 2,000 years ago in a town called Lystra. This Eunice also had a mother named Lois and a son whom you may all have heard of–his name is Timothy. If you’re familiar with some of Paul’s many letters in the Bible, there are 2 books/letters that bear Timothy’s name. This Timothy was a young leader in the early Christian church, a beloved protege to Paul, and the son & grandson to Eunice and Lois.

Why in the world am I choosing to write about these 2 women? Really, we don’t know much about them at all. My research in them has turned up little information as they only are mentioned by name exactly once in the Bible. However, as a mother and a grandmother, their influence was far reaching as they trained up Timothy to be a God-fearing man in a town that was known for worshipping many gods. Here is what the word has to say about these two ladies:
I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you , so that I may be filled with joy. 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. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1: 3-7 NIV
As a Mom, I am greatly encouraged by these words. You see, I know that one of my most important roles as a mother is nurturing my children not only emotionally and physically, but spiritually as well. I’m also encouraged by the wisdom in Proverbs 22:6: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is not old he will not turn from it.”

You see, the world today may look different from the one Timothy lived in many years ago, but the people really aren’t any different. As I mentioned earlier, Timothy grew up in a town whose people worshipped many gods. I’m sure that Eunice and Lois had moments of great worry, discouragement, and fear for young Timothy growing up in such an environment. However, apparently these women kept on teaching him scripture and about God, and their efforts certainly were not in vain! We too are raising our own “Timothy’s” in a world with many things vying for their attention that are definitely NOT glorifying to God.

So, what’s a Mom (or Grandma) to do? I’m encouraging you today to keep on raising up those little ones in the ways of the Lord. Pray for them. Pray with them. Let them see you learning the Word. Teach them the Word. Worship God together. Be bold and courageous in your beliefs. Strive to be a woman of faith. May God bless you in a special way today as you raise up your own little Timothys.

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