Being a mom of two young boys, I often wonder what the impact of my faith walk will be on their lives. For me, its not enough for my boys to just know about God, I want them to know God for themselves. I don’t desire for my kids to just be good church goers, I want them engaged in a living relationship with Jesus. Many times I wonder if my devotion, my faithfulness, my passion for Jesus is translating to something meaningful for them. Some time after pondering this question I came across a scripture in my daily Bible reading plan that provided a beautiful, gentle answer. Acts 16:1 says this:
And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. (NKJV)
The words “the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed…” jumped off the page at me. Timothy, who is so affectionately known in the New Testament as a young, highly esteemed pastor is identified in this text by his mother who believed. Why did this speak to me? Because Timothy was so profoundly impacted by the faith of his mother that scripture takes time to identify him, not by his father’s impact on his faith, but by his mothers. Eager to learn more about this I delved into this good book to find out a little more about Timothy’s faith legacy. In 2 Timothy 1:5 I learned a bit more:
“…when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”(NKJV)
In this text Paul reminds Timothy that his genuine, un-hypocritical faith was handed down to him from his grandmother and mother. These two women lived such pure lives of devotion that they handed down a legacy of real faith to Timothy. This is so encouraging to me. This text helped me to see that my own pursuit of genuine faith, of a real relationship with Jesus is creating a faith legacy for my boys. I love to think about how my boys will be able to call to remembrance the real faith of their mother and that it would inspire them to chase Jesus even harder. As I reflected on this I weighed the incredible privilege and responsibility that had just been actualized for me. Not only is this walk with God about me, it is about the legacy of faith that I get to leave to my children and my children’s children. I look forward to the day that I will hear my boys say “It was my moms faith that motivated me. It was my moms daily pursuit of the Lord that inspired me.”
Realizing that God thinks generationally, I began to see the great impact my faith will have on my children, I begin to pray for myself and for the beautiful mothers around me. Below are my prayers. I hope they will inspire you to realize the great impact of your faith on your children and to help you build a lasting, impactful, legacy of faith.
- I pray my faith would be genuine and un-hypocritical.
- I ask for a revelation of the great call on my life as a woman, mother & influencer.
- I pray that my eyes would be opened to see the importance of my faith journey in regards to future generations.
- I pray that God would give me visions of future generations and the legacy that He wants to build through me.