Have you ever thought about the example you set for others? Christians and non-Christian, alike, notice everything you do. Non-Christians, in particular, watch to see if you “practice what you preach.” An example is a model or something to be imitated.
There have been many Christians how have influenced my life as a Christian. The older Christians, in the congregations I have attended, have been wonderful examples to me. They often have aches and pains, yet they strive to come to worship and are always in a good mood. One older woman, who is now in her home in heaven, always told visitors how much she missed coming to worship. There are others who are able to have kind words for everyone. One gentleman in our congregation always made the effort to speak to everyone at least once before or after services. He never knew a stranger and all who met him remember him fondly. Another woman, who was a preacher’s wife, by her example and advice, taught me about being a preacher’s wife.
I often think about the example I set. Am I Godly? (Titus 2:3-5, 1 Timothy 2:9-10) Do I study enough (Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:!5) Do I encourage others (Colossians 3:16) Do I try to teach others like Paul, the apostles, and many others? What kind of example do I set for my children? What else can I do? Sometimes the answers are satisfactory.
Other times they are not. When they are lacking, I study more and look for more ways to edify my fellow Christians and teach others. I look often at others to see what they are doing. Are they doing something I could easily do?
As a Christian, I can encourage the unfaithful, teach the lost. I should study and pray daily. As a parent, I should teach my children God’s word. I can send cards, visit, or call the sick and elderly. I should do my best to set good examples in everything: giving (Matthew 5:42), prayer (John 17), following God (Numbers 32:12). Yet keep in mind, I am not doing this to be seen of men (Matthew 6:1-5). I hope as Christians we are always trying to better ourselves, trying to become more like Christ.
— August 1999
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