In this final section of Giddy Up, Eunice, I loved Sophie’s look back at the influences in her life. Yet, it reminds me that we all come from so many different backgrounds. Some of you have been raised in church and have always been surrounded by Christian women who’ve guided you and prayed for you. Some of you are just starting out, and you’re new to the whole discipleship process. And that’s what Sophie has been talking about this entire time: discipleship.
I know, I know. When you think of disciples, you think of those guys that hung out with Jesus. They followed him around, took care of him, and told others about him. I guess you could say they were like Jesus’ posse. The cool thing about God is that he wants us to have a posse as well. He wants us to be discipled and then to disciple others. As socially awkward as I am, I love the fact that God wants me in relationship and communion with others. He wants me to share what he’s done in my life, and he wants others to share with me what he’s done in their lives. In order to disciple others, we must first build relationships with them.
This brings me to Sophie’s first challenge to us: “Wherever you have influence with the generation behind you, start investing. Pray that the Lord will help you find the folks He’d like for you to encourage.” Many of you are like me (and Sophie), you are a teacher. We have easy access to the younger generation. Although there are groups out there that don’t want us talking to kids about Jesus, we can still show them his love. We can still model his example. I’m assuming those of you in this group are also church members. Again, that role gives you easy access to the younger generation as well. And have you looked around your neighborhood? I’m sure there are some younger folks there you could pour your life into.
Sophie’s second challenge to us was this: “Wherever you have interaction with the generation ahead of you, start blessing. Pray that the Lord will help you find folks He’d like to come alongside you.” I don’t think this challenge will be that difficult for us either. When you start a new job, especially in the education field, you are given a mentor, someone to learn from, someone to lead you and answer questions for you. In real life, that person isn’t directly assigned to us by a supervisor, sometimes we must seek them out, but other times, the older generation answers God’s call to seek out the younger generation. If you are a young military spouse, find a more seasoned military spouse to connect with (I can definitely hook you up with some). If you are a young mother of a special needs child, let me tell you there are some amazing moms that have experience in this area as well that would be more than glad to share some wisdom with you. Oh, and I have it on good authority that there are some older women within the church that would love to connect with the younger generation as well.
One thing I loved about this final section of the book was the fact that in this part about Lois and Eunice, they were the models for Timothy. As a boymom, this isn’t lost on me. I see the importance of building a “discipleship relationship” with my sons. I see the importance of modeling what a Christian woman is to be like (if you’re like me, you’ve probably been praying for years for your sons’ wives, that they will be strong Christian women who love Jesus more than anything else). As a woman, there are things they can learn from me that they can’t learn from their dad. They need to see how I interact with their dad, they need to see how I interact with my friends. They need to see the effort I put into building my relationship with Christ so I can be the mom they need me to be.
The bottom line is this: We are to be a model of Christ to everyone we meet.
That’s how we will win people to Jesus.
That’s how we can lead and guide others along this path.
That’s how we can be the women God has called us to be.
I want to ask you a question: What do you want your legacy to be?
When people remember you, when they look back at your life, do you want them to remember your fashionable wardrobe or your Southern Living magazine worthy home? Do you want them to remember that you were a member of the country club, attended all the hottest concerts, and ate at the most expensive restaurants? Do you want them to remember that you were on the activities committee, the PTO, in the church choir, and worked a hectic full-time job all the while rushing your kids to their many after school activities?
When people remember you, when they look back at your life, do you want them to remember that your heart was so in tune with God that you ached for those that didn’t know Christ? Do you want them to remember how you opened your heart and home to those that were hurting, those that were lost, and those that just needed a little love? Do you want them to remember that you were that “Go To Girl” that prayed and stayed no matter what life was throwing your way?
What do you want your legacy to be?
The thing is, it’s your choice.
Tomorrow starts a new week. Many of us are going back to work from Fall Break. You have the chance to make a difference in the lives of others for the glory of God. You have the chance to pray over those who are hurting and to have a wise soul pray for you. I urge you to take a look around and accept Sophie’s challenges: invest in the generation behind you and have someone in the generation ahead of you walk beside you.
A penny for your thoughts. What captivated you about this final section of the book? What takeaways do you have from Sophie’s final list (pages 235-238)? Which generation do you feel God leading you to connect with? I’d love to hear your thoughts.