Recently I attended a women’s event at the church I grew up in. I was surrounded by women that had impacted my life and influenced my decision for Christ. It’s been many years since I shared a time of spiritual growth with these ladies and yet, it was as if no time had passed at all. These women invested in me. They taught me the principles of God’s word, not just in Sunday School classes, but through their daily lives.
I watched one trust God for provision when her husband became unemployed for many months. I watched one cling to the Comforter in the loss of her teenage son. I watched one battle the enemy to keep her marriage intact, and I watched one rise above sexual abuse to give God glory for her complete emotional healing. Amazing women!
And I am forever shaped by their relationship with the Lord. So as I looked around at this faithful group of godly women, I wondered about the impact I was having on the younger women in my life. God calls us to reach out to the generations beneath us and provide a support system in order to nurture them in their walk with Jesus.
Our trials and tribulations are not in vain. We have an opportunity to be real and transparent in order to teach those in our circle of influence to hang on to Almighty God through every circumstance. He is the answer to every situation; and as we live that out before our younger sisters, they are transformed for His glory. It is a high calling to commit to train up the younger women, and I don’t take it lightly.
I know the difference it has made in my own life to be inspired by the women of faith that God has strategically placed in my path. I am eternally grateful for those that have gone before me, and I pray that I can pass the torch to those that will soon come after me. May we never stop learning from one another and may we never feel that God can no longer use us.
From generation to generation, we have a story to tell. Our sisters are counting on it.
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women…”
-Titus 2:3-4a (NIV)
“Lord, thank you that we do not have to walk through this world alone. You have created us for fellowship and we have the privilege of sharing it with our sisters in Christ. Help me to openly and honestly live out my faith as I strive to be an example to…”