In thinking about this blog post today, and asking the Lord what He would want me to share with you….the word “teach” kept coming to my mind and heart. As I am the living elder of this family group it seems my thoughts often go that direction. My sister, niece and daughter easily share with you what they are learning from the Lord in their daily walk, but I am drawn to teach in some way each time it is my turn to write. Then I realized that because of my age and life experiences that teaching by example is what I should do. There’s not a better teacher than your godly older family members and friends…..after all we have been through the “school of hard knocks”!
And then I recall the book of Titus that admonishes the “older women to train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to honor their husbands, so that no one will malign the Word of God.” Titus 2:3-5
Those of you who are of the male gender who are reading this, you are included in this small three chapter book, a letter written by the Apostle Paul to Titus who is pastoring the Christians on the Isle of Crete. He tells Titus to teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled (hmmm, heard that somewhere before!) and sound in faith and doctrine, in love and in endurance. Then they can teach the young men to be self-controlled (wow! must be important and covers a wide range of our personal character).
So, here’s the thing….whether you are single or married, young or old, we all have struggles with living a godly life, and this journey we are on is a never-ending classroom…..no recess, no summer breaks!
If you have a godly older person in your life to encourage you, teach you, pray with and for you, then you will learn that although life is tough, there is victory in every area And remember the Word of God will never fail you in your classroom of life. It is the best textbook that ever was and ever will be!
More from Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness, and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority, Do not let anyone despise you.”