Friday, March 8, 2013

Set the pace!

What you teach must agree with true teaching. Tell the older men that in anything they do, they must not go too far. They must be worthy of respect. They must control themselves. They must have true faith. They must love others. They must not give up. In the same way, teach the older women to lead a holy life. They must not tell lies about others. They must not let wine control them. Instead, they must teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children. The younger women must control themselves. They must be pure. They must take good care of their homes. They must be kind. They must follow the lead of their husbands. Then no one will be able to speak evil things against God’s word. In the same way, help the young men to control themselves. Do what is good. Set an example for them in everything. When you teach, be honest and serious. 8 No one can question the truth. (Titus 2:1-7)
You want to be a teacher . . . a mentor . . . sonmeone worth following? You gotta set the pace! No one wants to follow someone who is doing the same thing everyone is doing! You have to be the spotlight. You have to be the different thing. You have to be be the challenge. You cannot be a clone! To teach we must believe what we know and follow. If we are to teach the Gospel and mentor young (and older) folks to Christ, then we must truly believe what we teach and model it! The ones we teach must see the words we speak as we live! Words fall on deaf ears when they are not put into practice! it takes sacrifice and planning. It takes committment. It's work, but the work we do for Christ is all that will last anyway!
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden. Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house. “In the same way, let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

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