Recently, I received a bunch of papers from one of my favourite subscribers to Encouragement From The Word: my mother. Slowly but surely, she is starting to get rid of unnecessary things. She has a difficult time throwing them away, so she gives to me things that she thinks might be of interest, because she knows that when I’m done with them, I can throw them away.
This bunch of papers came from my grandmother; they were notes in her handwriting.
There were some that cited Bible verses, some were prayers, some were notions.
One of them was some advice from my grandmother on how to pray, particularly for me. (Apparently, at that time, I wasn’t the easiest person in the world to deal with.)
I will throw out those papers, but having read them, the memory, which takes up no room in a box, will stay with me. My grandmother’s legacy of faith remains in some of these little notes, simple means by which she could impart the wisdom of years of faith and faithfulness to my mother, and to me.
If you are a seasoned follower of Jesus, how are you leaving your legacy of faith? And if you are a newer believer, are you inviting wiser Christians to build into your life? Many don’t want to inflict themselves on you, but they are just waiting to be asked.
After all, faith is as much caught as it is taught. Whose faith are you catching?
“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you” (2 Timothy 1.5, NLT).