In everything set them an example by doing what is good. (Titus 2:7)
Are you a role model? When I was a child, I often spent time at my dad’s office observing him as he worked. Dad was a business owner, so I had the privilege to come and go at any time. More often than not, I sat there, imitating my dad’s moves and pretending I was a businesswoman assisting my own clients.
My dad was well known in our hometown, recognized for his character, integrity, kindness, trustworthiness, and generosity; those are attributes that set people’s minds at ease when conducting business. Because I shadowed Dad in his domain, I developed a love for business and for helping others. I also learned some of the qualities that others so admired in him.
When the apostle Paul wrote the letter to Titus, he was writing from the perspective of a role model, of someone who wanted his new convert to become strong in his faith and a good example to others by practicing what was good. I imagine that Titus looked up to Paul and wanted to please him, and perhaps to become just like him. Yet, Titus needed encouragement and advice from his mentor.
Just as I had my dad and Titus had Paul, many young people are looking for good mentors and role models to mirror Christ to them. Consider becoming that mentor.
Link arms with someone else and set an example of seeking God.
Luska Natali is a native of Brazil who is passionate about God, her family, learning new languages (she fluently speaks three), and meeting people.
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