“I love sewing!” declared my friend. She recalled growing up with a grandmother who sewed dresses for her. Whenever she heard the sound of the sewing machine going, she’d get excited thinking about what her grandmother was making for her.
Now, as an adult, my friend sews and plans to pass the skill on to her daughter. Even though her daughter is only five, she brings her to fabric warehouses to pique her interest. Passing on a skill, trade, or belief system from one generation to the next is common among some cultures. What individuals learn from their parents, they pass on to their children. In his letter to Timothy, Paul remembers the genuine faith of Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. It was likely that both women shared the Scriptures with Timothy as a young child until he made the decision to believe in Jesus as his Savior (2 Timothy 3:15).
How about us? What are we doing to pass our faith on to the next generation? Motivated by God’s love and empowered by His Spirit (2 Timothy 1:7), we can share the good news about Jesus through our words and actions that show what it means to be a follower of Christ (2 Timothy 2:2). More than passing on a practical skill, we can pass on our precious faith.