Today is Mother’s Day and the final Bible reading of the day was II Timothy 1: 3-7.
3 I give thanks to God, whom I serve with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did. I thank him as I remember you always in my prayers night and day. 4 I remember your tears, and I want to see you very much, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I remember the sincere faith you have, the kind of faith that your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice also had. I am sure that you have it also. 6 For this reason I remind you to keep alive the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.
Do you have the faith that your mother and grandmother had? I hope that I do but I see proof everyday that not everyone does. Children that are disrespectful of anyone; teens with no regard for the value of life; even other adults that find pleasure in causing others harm. Where is their faith in Jesus? They are not demonstrating it. They are not living life as Jesus told us to; they surely are not “loving [their] neighbor as [their] self.”
Pastor Okey tried to stress that we need to teach the children through example. We need to demonstrate our faith in our everyday life. It is more than going to church on Sunday. It is being kind to others, giving your time and money to help your neighbors, spending time with the next generation for more than telling them to get off your lawn. How can we expect the next generation to believe that others have value and deserve respect if we do not show it our selves? Maybe we who have faith and know Jesus need to do more. How about starting by helping with Vacation Bible School this year? VBS is July 16-20 and Nicole Guthrie is still looking for help. It would be a small effort that may have a large impact on some little one, you never know.