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My daughter possesses a treasure. She has an old quilt. It’s not a spectacular thing to look at. It has orange and blue squares and has come apart in some places. What makes it valuable? It was made by her great, great grandmother. When I say, “made by,” I don’t mean simply sewn together. Great, great grandma Purvis carded the wool, died the wool, spun the thread, weaved the cloth, sewed it together and finished the quilt. It is special not simply because it represents antique methods, but because it was handed down through family generations.
This reminds me of a couple of mothers in the bible. They handed down their faith. Listen to Paul talking to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:5, “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.” (NIV) Paul must have known Lois and Eunice and witnessed their faith. What a tremendous compliment to them Paul gave by seeing that Timothy’s faith was a result of their influence! They remind us that good mothers pass on their faith.
Although we can’t all be mothers, we can all pass on our faith. We should certainly pass it on to each generation. But we can also pass it on to others as well. Stop for a moment and think of someone to whom you can pass on your faith in Jesus!
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