Week 35 Saturday

A Living Faith

Today’s scripture selection: Second Timothy 1-2

Key verse: Second Timothy 1:5

     In writing to a young minister named Timothy the apostle Paul said this:

     “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am now persuaded, now lives in you also.”

That one sentence says a lot.

It speaks of love and legacy; of a faith cherished and lovingly passed on from generation to generation.

And it’s a great example for us.

When all is said and done, we can pass on something worthwhile and life-giving or we can pass on some very bad beliefs and attitudes.  This isn’t just true for those of us who are parents or grandparents or even aunts and uncles.

All of us can – and do – pass something on.  The question is, what is it?

One of the things I learned a long time ago is that our children are watching us.  They are always watching – and listening – and learning – and imitating – and…you get the picture.

Songs have been written about it; movies have been made about it; it’s a universal experience.  The young learn from those older – for better or worse.

So, the next time you are around one of those little ones – whether he or she is biologically your own or not – think about it.  Think about what, in just one simple turn of phrase or one simple gesture, you might be passing on.

It’s your legacy.  And, it’s the hope of the world.

Pass on your love; pass on your wisdom; pass on your faith.

It made all the difference in the world for a young man named Timothy.  Who knows what difference it will make for someone you know.

Prayer: Lord, help me to pass on my faith in you to others so that they may know and love you too.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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