Sunday, October 23, 2011

31 Days of Virtue: Day 23

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Titus 2:3

Teaching what is good is not just for the older women or for teachers at a school. We are all teachers. We teach people with the way we act, with our words, with the way we look, how we react to a situation. And we are not only teaching our children, we are teaching anyone who comes across our path. 

When we tell our husbands how much we appreciate them, we are teaching our children to respect their fathers. When we dress conservatively, we are teaching younger women that it is more attractive to be covered up than to show so much skin. When the waiter/waitress gets our food wrong for the second time, but we eat it anyway, we are teaching the stranger at the next table that compassion and patience are the better route to take than anger and frustration. 

You see, we are always teaching someone something about ourselves, our way of life, our Jesus and our God. If we relay the wrong message, then that person goes away with the wrong idea about God. 

I know I've said it before, but we humans can sometimes be a little stubborn and need to be reminded over and over; we must watch ourselves. We must watch our actions, our words, what we do, who we are with, and where we go. Someone is always watching and learning from us. We need to be sure to set the right example, Christ' example. 

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