26th November 2013


“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

A realisation comes to me which I find profoundly exciting.  That is the amount of influence I have on the lives of those around me, and how I can have even more influence for good. 

I am thinking about ordinary everyday acts—small things that are a big deal—like greeting someone I meet, or phoning up someone to enquire how they are. 

I remember a woman in a radio discussion relating the story of when she was at a very low point in her life.  She left her house one day intending to end her life.  The interviewer inquired, “What made you change your mind?”  Her answer was surprising.  She replied, “Someone I met greeting me with a cheery ‘Good morning!’”  That small act of kindness gave her enough hope to re-evaluate her decision. 

In Titus 2:6-8 Paul says, “…encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned…” 

I once heard the famous basketball coach, John Wooden, talking about advice he had from his father as a young lad.  He said he didn’t heed it at the time but, “It stayed somewhere in the deep recesses and it popped up many years later.”  He was aware that what we teach children might not be acted upon at the time, but it is nonetheless noted and remembered.  Mr. Wooden used to love quoting the following lines:
           ” No written word, no spoken plea
            Can teach our youth what they should be
            Nor all the books upon the shelves
            It’s what the teachers are themselves.” 

We wonder how we can influence our children or grandchildren.  We know from experience that our seeds of advice and admonition often fall upon unfertile ground!  What then is the best way to influence your children?  Be the person you’d wish your children to be! 

Father, help us to set a good example, and in our lives and teaching to be an influence for good wherever we may go.

Study by Joseph Casey


joecaseyAbout the Author:
Joseph Casey is an Elder in the Limerick Congregation of Grace Communion International .

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Grace Communion International, Limerick
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