Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example.
My pastor taught on this passage of scripture this morning in church. He talked to us about Paul’s challenge to Timothy about being a good example to those who were following him, as Paul had done his best to be a good example to Timothy and others who had followed him.
As usual, my mind began to wander. I asked myself if I had been a good example to my children. They know how much I love them because I tell them all the time, I try to show them by my acts of service, and I defend them with my very life. I also discipline them, and I explain to them that there is no greater love than one who is willing to tell you what you need to hear when you don’t want to hear it. Proverbs 27:6 says “Faithful are the wounds of a friend…” They know I tell them hard things to make them better people. But I had to ask myself if there is more that I can do. I am still asking myself the question. I don’t want to be that person who screams at another driver on the road, or that person who mistreats someone in front of my children. I want to be the person that I want them to become: compassionate, loving, giving, humble and honest.
My greatest desire on this side of heaven is to see my children live an authentic Christian life. I want to see my daughters honor the LORD with their lives, marry Godly men, and raise up Godly children of their own. I want to see my son live as a Godly young man should live, take a Godly young woman as his wife, and raise up Godly children of his own. I want to leave a legacy of Godliness for my children. I want to be the example that Paul told Timothy about, the one whose life was a shining example of the way it ought to be.