Though our nest has been empty for 3 weeks, in my chest still beats a parent’s heart. Though most of the contact now happens by phone and I find myself a bit lost over this extra time once filled with busyness of parenting, I still grab ahold of every truth I can find about parenting offered in the Word. I am as desperate now as I have ever been to be the best mom possible and to share the wisdom learned with other parents.
While reading Beth Moore’s To Live As Christ on Sunday morn, my parent’s heart was moved so I pass on today some of the insights and encouragement I found in her book.
When Timothy cane onto the scene it was in Paul’s second missionary journey. Paul took the much younger man under his wing to mentor and guide. Later in the 2 letters written to Timothy, Paul refers to the younger as his spiritual son. One verse stands out-
“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5
The sincere faith Timothy saw in his mother and grandmother, he claimed for his own. A most important adjective preceded the word faith… sincere. According to Beth, the original Greek word used here is “anupokrito” meaning “without hypocrisy or pretense”.
I for one am thrilled the phrase is ‘sincere faith’ and not ‘perfect faith’. I look back and see a number of mistakes I’ve made as a parent. If I could get a few ‘do-over’s I would taken them. Instead I must lay those mistakes at the feet of Jesus and let him redeem them for his glory and their good.
Raising children who grow up to love God isn’t about being a perfect parent or about keeping our children busy with multiple activities or even requiring church attendance, though those last two may be positive influences. The most significant influence we have on our children comes from how we walk with Christ, with either insincere faith or sincere faith.
Our children are quick to pick up on whether our faith is real or manufactured. They watch, listen, and know.