"...the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things— that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed." Titus 2:3-5
It’s quite obvious from this passage that as “older” (ahem) women, we are to behave in a certain way…reverent, etc. Why? Because we are an example. Like it or not. In our spheres of influence, wherever that may be…home, church, home, school, grocery store, home, our neighborhood, other women are watching. You can bet on it.
I have a couple of younger moms at church, who I know watch my children. My children are teenagers now, but they are well-behaved, courteous, and helpful. And people see that. Others want to know “how we did it.” It’s an example to them…a goal to shoot for.
Are my kids perfect? No. Am I perfect? No. But they are certainly welcome to follow me as I follow HIM….mistakes and all. And honestly, sometimes the mistakes are the best teachers.
For over 17 years, I’ve done just that. I’ve followed. I’ve watched. I’ve taken notes. This is my example….
This is J. She is about the best example of a wife and mom I know. Only recently did we tell her and her husband that they were the models we used for our parenting. They didn’t even know we were taking notes and implementing strategies, based on what we saw them do. How many younger couples are watching me, that I don't even know about? Wowza! That's a big responsibility!
And ohhhhh how she loves her husband! I think they just celebrated 25 years, and you would think they are but newlyweds….seriously! I desire that as well...
All that to say this….we need each other. We need to have mentors and to be mentors. My prayer is that I could do just that…have and be a mentor. How about you?