LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Read Romans 16: 1-16
Tell the older women . . . they are to
teach what is good, so that they may
encourage the young women.
When my husband and I were in our twenties, we had
each started a small business in a new town. Also, we had
started going to a new church with our two young children.
Members of this church family surrounded us with love, gave
us responsibilities in the church, and offered us many meals
in their homes. I became comfortable with the older women
— one in particular — who helped me in my bookstore.
At the age of 62, this woman was preparing to go to the
mission field. Before she left, I gave her a recording of hymns
from our store. One hymn was “I Come to the Garden Alone.”
At the time, I did not know that this was her favorite hymn.
She hugged me and blessed me for ministering to her. I never
forgot that moment because all along I thought she was
ministering to me.
When I became pregnant again and decided to sell the
bookstore, she found a buyer for my bookstore because she,
a businesswoman herself,
knew more people in town
than I did. Her encouragement during that season
of my life was a beautiful
example of the women
described in Titus 2: 3. Leading by example, teaching by kindness and help, she has been an example for my own life.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for giving us the privilege of serving
you by serving others. Amen.
Doreen Frick (Nebraska)
Prayer Focus: TO BE EXAMPLES IN MINISTRY
— Titus 2: 3-4 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
I can minister to someone
through my example.