“Ma’am, Timothy was shy to recite his memory verse today.”
Tim’s Sunday school teacher told his grandma who had come to pick him up from his Sunday school class.
“Well, that’s bad. We were up all night learning it together. I wonder why he became shy. He’ll say it better next week. I promise you.” Grandma Lois assured Tim’s Sunday school teacher.
Grandma held Tim’s hand and led him towards the parked car where his mum was waiting for them. Grandma Lois used this opportunity to have a pep talk with little Tim.
“Tim boy, no child of God should be shy or scared. The Bible says the righteous are as bold as a lion. You don’t need to be afraid of any crowd or whimper in shyness. You are as bold as a lion! Now say that.”
Tim bowed his head and whispered into his chest “I am as bold as a lion.”
Grandma stopped and bent down. She cupped his chin in her palms and lifted up his head then looked into his eyes.
“Say it louder.” She encouraged him.
“I am as bold as a lion.” Little Tim said more assuredly.
Tim raised his voice. “I am as bold as a lion!” He then made a roaring sound raising both of hands and making a funny face like a lion.
They both laughed.
“And you remember what your memory verse says-”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Tim showed his grandma his tiny muscles.
“Now that’s my boy.” Grandma Lois complemented hugging him tight.
“Whenever you get scared, shy or afraid, I want you to breathe in and out and say to yourself ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am as bold as a lion!’ No grandson of mine should have his tail between his legs like a scared dog. No child who has God living in him should ever get scared. All children of God are bold!”
Grandma used her index finger to give little Tim a playful strike on his cheek. Tim smiled as they both got into the car.
The next week at school, Tim was playing football with his friends. He triped and fell while trying to score a goal. Some boys in the opposing team laughed at him. They called him names and booed at him.
“Timid Tim! He can never score a goal.”
Tim felt discouraged, but remembered his grandma’s words. He sat up and whispered to himself “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am as bold as a lion.” He got up and was charged to play the game.
“I scored a goal today while playing football.”
Tim excitedly told his mum when she came to pick him up from school.
“That’s great. High five!”
They exchanged a high five and got into the car.
As they drove home, Eunice, Tim’s mum slotted a ‘Donut man’ CD into the car’s CD player and they both sang along. Tim’s favorite song was:
“I can do all things,
All things, all things.
I can do all things
Through Christ who strengthens me.
He also loved “Goliath. Stomp! Stomp!!” He always stomped his feet along to the tune of the song.
Eunice had read to him from the children’s Bible story book how little David had defeated Goliath the giant. He thought David was a super hero and he wanted to be just like him.
Twenty years later, Timothy turned out to be a hero that overcame the world by his faith in God. At a young age, Timothy became a pastor in his local church and a godly example to other youngsters. His mum and grandma were very proud of him. Their efforts in training him up in the way of the Lord was not in vain.
This story is based on my imagination of 2 Timothy 1:5:
“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 also.”
The greatest gift we can give our children is faith in the word of God. As we do this, it’s my sincere prayer that this faith doesn’t just end with them, but is passed on from generation to generation. Amen!
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