From Generation To Generation

“When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”

II Timothy 1:5

There used to be a Chinese restaurant in downtown Phoenix that was near and dear to our family. The rite of passage into the family was to dine with us as this hallowed establishment. I have been going there since I was in the womb and Rebekah and I had our wedding rehearsal dinner in the coveted upstairs dining area. We received news years ago that the restaurant would be closing and my gut groaned with disapproval. We had not gone there as frequently, but it was still part of our family. Our family had some many memories there from graduation celebrations, birthdays, and everything in between. The food and service had waned in recent years, but we were still sad to see it go.

We used to eat at this restaurant prior to attending baseball games, and on one of these occasions 15 years ago, we posed for a picture in the front of the restaurant. In the picture my dad is holding our then baby son, Nate, and I am standing next to my dad. When we heard the restaurant was closing we decided to try stage the same picture at the same spot. Nate no longer needed to be held as he now stood inches above us. I examined the picture and I realized that it represented three generations of Mendez men in the same place at different times. It could be said we were faithful to that restaurant for many years as it was evident in the picture and the years that separated the first from the last. 

I look at this passage and see Paul’s fondness for Timothy. Paul saw the faithfulness is Timothy’s grandma Lois and his mother Eunice. Represented are three generations of faithful servants employed in the will of God. I cannot think of a greater legacy than to pass down than an example of walking with the Father – an example of having a closeness with the Father as the Son so enjoyed. True faith will stand the test of time and there is something to be said about resiliency in your walk with God. In the peaks and valleys of life, a close walk with God will carry you through. In times of turbulence, you realize He is the One who will carry you as you fully surrender to Him. Although I will miss the restaurant, I am most grateful for the spiritual example shown to me by my parents that I can pass down to my children. 

What does your legacy look like? What are you passing down to those with whom you have influence? Can it be said that you possess unfeigned faith? Maybe unfeigned faith was not passed down to you, but you can start that legacy. What will be said about you? Will you be a testimony for all to see or will you be a reproach to your Heavenly Father? May we possess a faith that will change the world, and may we start a legacy that will endure till He comes again. 

Stay in the Fight!

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