2 Timothy 1:3-5 (New International Version)
I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you.
No doubt, the apostle Paul mentored many people throughout his years of traveling, but we know of one young man in particular: Timothy. In our New Testament, we have two letters that Paul wrote to Timothy. They’re letters about how to live, how to run a community of faith, and how to deepen his relationship with God.
Today’s passage from Paul’s second letter to Timothy is especially beautiful. In it we learn that Timothy’s mother and grandmother were Christ-followers who taught Timothy to love God. It’s a great reminder that none of us come on our own to follow God’s path for our lives. Somewhere along the line, someone explained to us about God’s love. Someone’s actions made us curious about the God they served. Someone’s words struck a chord deep within our spirit.
This Thanksgiving week, let us give thanks for all those people in our past and our present who have shown us the way. Let us also give thanks for the people God has placed in our path who we have been able to mentor. And let us rejoice in the opportunities God will give us in the future!
Who has been a powerful mentor to you?