Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 12th, 2016
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)
Set an Example
Regardless of your age, someone is looking at your life and examining it to see how your words and actions match your belief. Ask the Lord to help you to walk consistently and to speak graciously in all your interactions with others.
Jessica Campbell is a member of Canada’s national women’s hockey team and is a Clarkson Cup champion with the Calgary Inferno in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Back in her home town of Moosomin Saskatchewan, she is working hard to set an example to young girls who are interested in learning to skate and take up playing hockey. She has recently held open skating events for girls in Prince Albert, Melfort and Saskatoon. Campbell said “We need to give young girls hope and show them that you can come out of our province and have opportunities and make it all the way, and I think I’m living proof of that.” She is indeed. She grew up playing on both boys and girls teams in Saskatchewan and after playing at Cornell University joined Canada’s national women’s team. She does set a good example.
If you are a follower of Jesus, and you have told others that you are, you can be sure that they are watching to see how you live your life. The Bible recognizes this and often reminds us that the way we live our lives tells others a lot about the love and power of Jesus in us and through us. In the Sermon on the Mount, for example, Jesus told His followers to let their light shine so that people would see their good works and give glory to the Heavenly Father. Paul would give the same advice to his young friend in 1 Timothy 4:12, where he writes: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Timothy was a gifted leader, and had seen both his grandmother and mother live lives of consistent godliness. He’d had a good example. And even though he was young, Paul instructs him to be an example to others by how he speaks and lives his life. It’s good counsel for all of us. People are watching and we have a great opportunity to shine with the light and love of Jesus. Too often Christians have failed to do so and it has harmed their witness. None of us are perfect, but all of us can allow Jesus to shine through us today.
These have been words from the heart.