We are consumed with pop culture in our society. We follow the celebrities and our heroes through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. We are entertained by them, what they wear, where they eat, how they live. However, most of us have never thought twice about our lives and the influence we hold in someone else’s life.
Somebody’s watching you. It’s true. Your life is on display for others. Everyone is given a stage in life. Everyone has the opportunity to influence someone else for the better. What does your life say? What do you hold most important? If people only know you by what you place on social media sites, what would they believe is true about you? Is it true? Do you back up what you say you believe with your actions?
From the time I was in Children’s Church, I was taught the saying “Don’t just talk the talk, but WALK the talk.” It’s something I still do my best to live up to these days. No matter how insignificant you think you are, someone is looking up to you. Someone is evaluating your life. It could be your kids, your grandkids, your little brother, a co-worker, a waitress at a restaurant you visit frequently, the grocery store clerk, etc. I don’t know about you, but I want my life to glorify God and point people towards Him.
Titus 2:7 (NIV) states “In everything set them an example by doing what is good…”
Have I made mistakes? Sure. Everyone has sinned. There is forgiveness, grace, and mercy at the foot of the cross. Jesus paid for those mistakes. ALL of them. Every time I fail, I resolve to turn from my wicked ways and go towards Jesus, receiving His forgivess. There is a conscious decision to live everyday with intention in my actions, knowing that I can either lead people to Jesus or away from Him.
Titus 2:11-15 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 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 appearing of the glory 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.”