I smiled at the yellowed recipe card. Memories rushed back at the sight of my grandmother’s familiar handwriting. She had lovingly prepared this very dish for many family feasts. As she got older, there were lots of grandchildren and even great-children to help with the cooking, but she always insisted on contributing. Even now, years after her death, my grandmother’s recipes are still found at family gatherings.
Her love of cooking was not the only thing my grandmother shared with her family. She was quick to tell us what God was teaching her and she strongly encouraged each of us in our own faith. She often wrote us notes or sent us timely devotionals. And I knew she was always praying for me.
My grandmother gave me many gifts over the years. But the most precious gift she gave me was the example of her faith. When I think about my grandmother, one of the first things that comes to my mind is how much she loved Jesus. And she never hesitated to tell others about Him – friends, strangers, and her grandchildren.
She actively passed her faith to the next generation. Her faith is a part of mine. I must guard it, nurture it, and share it with my children. This commitment is a recipe for a legacy of faith.
Timothy’s life is a biblical example of how the faith of one generation influences another. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Paul recognized that Timothy’s faith “first lived in his (your) grandmother Lois and in his (your) mother Eunice (2 Timothy 1:5).” Paul also challenged Timothy to protect and nurture that precious legacy. “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us (2 Timothy 1:14).”
Am I guarding this inheritance of faith that will be passed to my children and grandchildren? Is it an investment that is growing daily or do I sometimes squander this precious commodity?
Father, help us know how to share our faith with our families. We want to pass your love to them. Amen.