My life is my message. ~Mahatma Gandhi~
How we conduct ourselves in our daily affairs, and respond to the various circumstances we face, have far more impact on others than anything we may say or profess. We must always strive to be a living example of that which we believe and hold to be true, or expect of another. Don’t think that no one is watching, or notices when we fail to exhibit the character that we tout or demand from those in our charge…they are, and they do!
Thought for the day
What kind of sponsor am I? Do I walk the walk or am I just a good talker?
Do I cower under the obstacles before me or do I get on the phone and talk to others and practice the same intimacy with disclosure and confession that I so often sing the praises of. Do I attend 2 or 3 meetings a week? Do I work on my steps? Do I have a sponsor I speak with regularly? Do I listen to for guidance? Do I have a spiritual director? Do I pray and meditate? Do I ask help from others when faced with difficulties? Do I work on my defects of character or pretend I don’t have any? And finally do I love God and serve my fellows? In order to do the latter I must do the rest, for without physical sobriety and emotional and spiritual recovery I can serve no one!
Just as shepherds watch over their sheep, you must watch over everyone God has placed in your care. Do it willingly in order to please God, and not simply because you think you must. Let it be something you want to do, instead of something you do merely to make money. Don’t be bossy to those people who are in your care, but set an example for them. Then when Christ the Chief Shepherd returns, you will be given a crown that will never lose its glory.
~1 Peter 5:2-4 (CEV)~
And show your own self in all respects to be a pattern and a model of good deeds and works, teaching what is unadulterated, showing gravity [having the strictest regard for truth and purity of motive], with dignity and seriousness. And let your instruction be sound and fit and wise and wholesome, vigorous and irrefutable and above censure, so that the opponent may be put to shame, finding nothing discrediting or evil to say about us. ~Titus 2:7,8 (Amp)~
…Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. ~1 Timothy 4:12 (NLT)~