5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well (2 Timothy 1).

Saving faith cannot be transferred from one generation to the next, yet it indeed can be caught. Timothy was a follower of Christ—not through his ancestors, but in large part because of them. He grew up learning what “sincere faith” was, as he observed his “grandmother Lois and … mother Eunice” and their daily walk with God. And because of their faith, those two faithful women did not simply have a progeny—they had a legacy.

Which would you rather have, a progeny or a legacy? Which are you striving for, a progeny or a legacy? If only a progeny, then you will coddle and spoil your way into selfish misery. But if it is truly a legacy that you desire, then you will pursue personal godliness with every ounce of strength which God gives you, praying all the while that your progeny will catch at least a small portion of it along the way.

Lord, help us This Day to be all we can be in Christ Jesus—that our progeny might become our legacy. Amen.