As Sophie Hudson opened part three of her book, Giddy Up, Eunice, she pointed out what may be obvious: “Lois and Eunice are mentioned in Scripture for, like, a minute.”

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well (2 Timothy 1:5).

She made two interesting points:

  • We need to embrace the idea of being an older woman (about 40 years old and up).
  • The legacy of these women is their sincere faith.

I Am an Older Woman

When my husband and I toured colleges with our daughter, I was so excited to be back on a college campus. I was caught up in the excitement shared by the tour guides, when suddenly the realization hit me: I am the mother of a young woman going off to college.

Many of you are thinking, “Duh? You hadn’t thought of that before?”

Yes, I had, but it didn’t seem real until the whippersnappers on campus looked at me as “obviously a mom.” There was no confusing me as a potential student or even a slightly older student. I was clearly of a different generation.

Instead of feeling excited about reaching yet another age milestone  — “I’m finally a teenager!” Or, “Yay, I’m legally an adult!” — I felt like a helium ballon a few weeks after the birthday party.

By the time my daughter’s freshman year move-in day arrived, I was ready to wear the college sweatshirt that proudly proclaimed me as a Northwestern College Mom.

Are you embracing your stage in life? Are you taking opportunities to have conversations with not only your peers but also the younger generation?

Our own kids, nieces and nephews, neighborhood kids, and younger people at work and church will benefit from us initiating conversations and entering into their lives.

My husband and I have learned to ask questions. “That’s an interesting tattoo. Will you tell me about it?” “What music is on your playlist?” “What was the last movie you watched?”

For me, this is an easy way to learn more about popular culture. And I’m learning to resist the urge to compare it to my own preferences and pass judgement about which one is superior to the another.

Leaving a Legacy

My husband and I have a will that directs what to do with our “stuff” after we die. Clearly that stuff is not our legacy.

I hope it will be the legacy of Lois and Eunice: a sincere faith.

What is a sincere faith? It’s the faith we show in how we live our lives — our willingness to love “others” — celebrating their joys and walking beside them during hardships.

Who are those “others”? Foremost, it’s our children. Parenting adult children turns into a “walking beside” instead of always leading — more being than teaching.

The “others” also include people in our normal daily circles of neighborhood, friends, work, church, etc.

For some of those relationships, we’ll invest a significant amount of time. For others it may simply be a divinely appointed conversation.

Sophie shared how she met an older woman at a conference who began to talk about caring for her elderly mother with dementia. Because Sophie’s mother had recently received the same diagnosis, Sophie hung on to every word this woman shared, asked questions, and then told about her own experience as a daughter navigating new territory. As Sophie said, they had “church” right there for 45 minutes.

One conversation can breathe life into another person, or shine light into a dark space.

That’s part of God’s plan for us. Our past experiences and time with the Lord can help us shine his light of truth and love into the lives of people around us.

So, giddy up! Engage! You’re set apart — prepared for this time, these people.

{This post is Day 18 in a series, Midlife with Purpose: Set Apart, Not Set Aside.)

A Sincere Faith
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Tracie


Tracie grew up with three sisters and a brother in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and relatives. She draws on that early foundation to write about her Christian faith, creative activities, and family life.


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9 thoughts on “A Sincere Faith

  1. So well said, Tracie. I am enjoying and gleaning much from your daily entries. Thanks for sharing your faith.

    1. Thanks for reading along, Susan. What opportunities you have with the variety of ages and stages your kids are in! And you can appreciate what I’ve gained from my mom and grandmas.

  2. Another good post. Am I embracing this stage of life? Often I think I choose to stand on the sidelines, feeling like I have nothing left of value to offer to those younger than me. Thanks for the good reminder to embrace.

    1. You have so much to offer! I’m sure the woman who took the time to talk with Sophie had no idea she made such an impact. God has prepared you and your experiences to meet the needs of others. Community — church — is his plan for us all our lives.

  3. Tracie, thank you so much for putting beautiful skin on a sometimes amorphous faith journey. I particularly embrace “walking beside” and “church” as connecting with those right in front of us. Thanks, dear!

    1. We are proof that church isn’t constrained by walls. It’s the larger fellowship of believers, living and serving in community. You’re part of my church family even though we live far apart.

  4. This is a beautiful series, Tracie 🙂
    Though we still have children at home, those milestones you talk about still ‘WOW!’ me!
    I’m an older mom with grown children but still homeschooling our younger ones. Thanks for the encouragement this month!

    1. Thank you, Linda. I’m sure you have a unique perspective because of the age range of your children. (I have a brother 13 years younger than me, and my mom said he kept her young.)

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