October 2, 2019
In 2 Tim. 1, the Apostle Paul is challenging Timothy to remember the faith of his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. How did Paul know about those two women’s faith? I’m sure it was from Timothy himself. I’m glad that Paul brought up to Timothy the importance of remembering and honoring our grandparents and parents. And all of our ancestors. They are the ones who have made us what we are and will become.
About 1987 or 1988 I had just concluded a sermon in which I told a story about my granddaddy Jay Sinclair. He was to me like that popular country song that had a line, “I thought he walked on water.” After the service was over, a church member came up to me and said, “Rev. Plumley, I sure wish I had known your granddaddy.” I said to her, “Well, actually you do.” She asked me, “What do you mean?” I replied, “In as much as you know me, you know my Granddaddy Jay, because so much of what I am is because of what he taught me.”
That statement is true of all humans. We are what we have seen and been taught from our ancestors, both the ones we remember and the ones we never personally knew. It’s no wonder that one of the ten commandments was to honor your father and your mother. (Ex. 20:12)
My grandmother, Mae Sinclair, not only taught me how to tie my shoes, but she showed me true love as I watched her for years feed and clothe her aged, blind mother, until her mother died at age 104. Grandmother Mae would have never put her mother in a nursing home.
I was too young to remember a lot about my Granddaddy Dave Plumley. He died when I was so young. But I remember a few things about him. And have heard so many great stories about him. Especially how he taught his children to work. My daddy learned that lesson well. He was the hardest working man I ever knew. He loved his family and worked very hard to support a wife and four children. And he left us with that strong work ethic that he had learned from his daddy.
My grandmother Pansy Plumley was the most saintly woman I ever knew. She gave me my first Bible Story book for Christmas when I was very young. She read the Bible and prayed for the family every night before going to bed. She was a devout Christian.
My mother was the most generous person I ever knew. And she was constantly motivating her children to excel. She was known by all for her giving out hugs and saying, “I love you.”
I’ll never forget these people I’ve shared with you about. Thanks for reading this because it teaches you more about me. The reason I wrote this post was to hopefully teach you that you will leave a legacy behind too. It may not be money or possessions. Those things don’t last long anyway. But you will leave memories and lessons. What will they be?
God Bless You,