Be part of OneGirl’s Chasing History where we write about women Bible characters who have encouraged us to see how God worked in their lives in the past and how we can relate the moment in our lives today giving the utmost glory to HIM alone.
Eunice was the mother of Timothy, Paul’s disciple (whom he called his son in the faith and addressed two of his epistles to). Eunice was a believer like her mother, Lois, who genuinely made sure that Timothy embraced the same faith.
In 2 Timothy verse 5, Paul said, “For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.”
Eunice, derived from the Greek name Nike, the goddess of victory, lived out the meaning of her name because by God’s grace she was victorious at teaching and imparting the foundations of faith to her son. As Paul said he saw in Timothy sincere faith that continued to be strong in him as was taught and modeled by his mother.
It must have been a relentless life for Eunice being married to a Gentile which was scorned upon during that time, worse, her husband did not share her faith as mentioned in Acts 16, verse 1 “… whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek.”
Despite her circumstance, she founded Timothy in the teachings of Scriptures which guided him into choosing the path towards service and love for God.
It said in 2 Timothy 3, verses 14 and 15 – “14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Last weekend, Bob and I went to a “reunion” with old friends whom we have not seen for quite a while and had a very enlightening Bible study. It opened my heart to realize that we cannot really impose our faith on our children. After all, it is a personal relationship they must choose to desire and nurture. Until they truly want in their hearts to make Jesus the Shepherd of their lives, we can only continue to teach and share God’s truth every waking and “sleeping” moment.
My children have been raised in the faith. I cannot say that they are better people, but by God’s grace, I see the seeds planted in their hearts grow in the reality of Jesus in their lives. I continue to pray that they will hold the truth of God with so much affection that they will pass on to their children and other people the gift that is free but bought with an invaluable sacrifice of love.
In Proverbs 22, verse 6, it says: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
I may not be Eunice in terms of her discipline to teach Timothy, but I pray that the Lord will continue to hold my hand as I journey with my children towards loving HIM more each day looking forward to being with Him until forever.