SHARING OUR PLATES
Read 2 Timothy 1: 1-7
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith
that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your
mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.
When my son began eating solid foods, it was a challenge
to get him to eat vegetables. Soft, bite-sized pieces of carrots,
broccoli, and squash landed on the floor faster than I could
spoon them onto his plate. One day I realized that although
my son was disinterested in the food on his plate, he was
interested in what was on mine. He would eat anything
served on my plate in order to imitate me. I learned to pile my
plate high with enough colorful vegetables to share with my
son. Over time he developed such an appetite for vegetables
that he began to enjoy them served on his own plate.
In a similar way, Lois and Eunice influenced Timothy.
This grandmother and mother shared a spiritual plate chock-full of their faith in Christ. Over time the faith they planted
grew in Timothy to become a life of faith and service to the
Parents and grandparents want to provide their children
and grandchildren with the
very best home, education,
and opportunities. Lois
and Eunice are reminders
of our responsibility to also
provide the next generation
with a foundation of faith, that they may be nourished until
they crave a sincere faith of their own.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to live in ways that show the next
generations our love for you and our sincere faith in Jesus
Donyale Fraylon (Texas)
Prayer Focus: CHILDREN WITHOUT ENOUGH FOOD
— 2 Timothy 1: 5 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
How can I plant seeds of faith
for the next generations?