Walk through a graveyard. Gaze at the headstones.
On almost every one there will be carved two dates with a dash in between. That dash tells a story. It is a story of love and hurt, of joy and pain, of adventure and stillness. For most people in most graveyards, a generation or two removed, the stories in those dashes will be forgotten.
History only remembers a few people. Most of us fade into obscurity.
But that doesn’t mean that your life can’t have great meaning and purpose. Your life, even, can make an eternal difference.
In 2 Timothy, Paul wrote his farewell letter to his protege, his spiritual son. Before Paul died at the hands of Roman executioners, he wanted to offer Timothy encouragement. The young man needed to have a spark in him reignited (2 Timothy 1:6). On the one side of that encouragement, Paul reminded Timothy about God’s work in his life (1:7). On the other side, Paul reminded Timothy of those in his life who taught him about God in the first place.
I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also.2 Timothy 1:5
We know nothing about these two ladies, other than their names and their relation to Timothy. Otherwise, their lives faded into a dash. We do know, however, that in all the highs and lows of that dash, they impacted a young man who worked hard with Paul to spread the Gospel, plant churches, and see people spiritually grow.
Don’t underestimate the power of your legacy. Even if history forgets you, your work to lead others to know and grow in Jesus will have an impact that lasts forever.
This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2020 Bible Reading Calendar. All Scripture quotations are taken from the Christian Standard Bible.