Are you a people person? I love people. I love people watching and I enjoy talking with them and hearing their stories. I especially love talking with senior citizens about what life was like when they were young. They are walking, talking history books and we miss out on so much by not giving them more opportunities to tell their stories. Even their faces seem to tell a story.
I was blessed to grow up close to my maternal grandmother. We called her Nanny and she was more fun than the movies. She loved to bake and she could shop circles around me. We had a running competition to see who could get the best bargain. We continued that contest until she wasn’t able to get out and shop.
Nanny was always so much more than a grandmother to me. She was one of my best friends. I would go to her when I had good news to share or a problem to talk through. She would always give me sound wisdom, rooted in the Word. She walked me through many difficult situations as a teenager and college age woman. How I miss her so.
I am also close to my mom and dad. I’ve always been able to go to either of them and talk about anything. They provided sounding boards for me as I worked through my problems and were cheerleaders for me in my celebrations. They made the Word of God seem relevant to whatever I was going through.
I am truly blessed to have a great Christian heritage. I am the person I am today because of them.
In 2 Timothy 1:5 Paul tells Timothy how he recognizes the strong faith Timothy has in the Lord and how he knows it comes from his mother and grandmother. What a compliment to Timothy’s family. My question to you is what kind of heritage are you leaving behind for your family? Are you teaching them the Word of God is useful in their life today [2 Timothy 3:16]? Do you come beside them in prayer during difficult times demonstrating prayer and belief in Christ are the first steps, not the last resort, in a situation?
Each of us will leave an impact on our family’s lives and those in our sphere of influence. We determine what that impact is by the way we live and by what we say. What kind of mark are you leaving?