May 8, 2016
You are shaping the lives of human beings made in the image of God. They, in turn, are or will affect the lives of dozens, maybe hundreds, maybe thousands of people. You have the awesome opportunity and responsibility to help your children to know the love of God in Jesus Christ and to live for Jesus.
We have several examples of the influence of godly mothers. Last week we read from the Apostle Paul's letter to Timothy where Paul made mention of Timothy's mother and grandmother. After greeting Timothy, Paul wrote:
"I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 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 gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." - 2 Timothy 1:3–7 (ESV)