Walking by Example

The greatest believers are those that remember they were once sinners. – The Real MaCoya

Good afternoon Ladies,

This past weekend I was scrolling across my Instagram in the popular pages section, when I stumbled across a picture of a female celebrity. One that is known for her assets instead of her assets, if you get my drift. I’m sure most of you could filter through many female celebs of today, take a pick, and she would most likely fit that description. It made me think about the power of example and how the number of positive role models are practically non-existent compared to otherwise “not so positive role models.”

Now don’t get me wrong, within the last year I’ve come across a lot of positive young women that have inspired me, it was almost shocking because it’s so rare to see. The issue is, that in fact there are many positive role models out there, they just don’t receive as much fame and recognition as women of the world.

Now my focus on this blog is not to tear down or judge but to uplift. It is still very sad to see so many women take the same path of women they see that live by the customs of this world and not according to the word of God. Which leads me to ask:

How can I lead by example in my daily life?

It’s so easy to look at others and wonder why they do the things they do and make the choices they make, but the real question is; what can I do? What can I do to positively inspire the women at my church, in my community or in my family? Instead of shaking my head or rolling my eyes at women that live or walk differently than I do, why not just continue to walk uprightly? Wouldn’t that do more good by setting an example than bashing or judging the next person?

Now we’re all human, so our first resort usually is to turn our nose up at someone that carries themselves in a way that is opposite of God’s word, but that is actually contradictory in itself as well. Galatians 6:1 says:

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. (NIV)

So in order to gently restore a person that doesn’t entail talking about them, judging them or treating them with contempt. Our first reaction instead should be love. Now walking in love definitely takes a higher level of spiritual and mental maturity. Walking in love requires us to forgive those that have offended us, talked about us, judged us etc. Even though we have our personal reasons for why we shouldn’t forgive someone or even do a favor for them, the word tells us to walk in love and forgiveness. You’d be surprised how many people do the same because of our example, even the ones we may least expect.

This is a personal lesson for me as well because it really disturbs me to see women fall victim to worldly customs and beliefs because of the insight that God has given me over the years. But instead of operating in flesh, I have to remind myself daily to walk in love and set the example in hopes that it will inspire women around me to do the same.

So what about you? In what ways can you lead by example? Many people are watching the world around them and making choices accordingly. Whether you choose to be an inspiration or not, the truth is, you will either be an example of what to do or what not to do. The choice is yours. Which will you choose?

Prayer:

Lord, forgive me for the times that I have judged others prematurely because of their choices. Help me to remain focused on You and to walk in love. Give me the tools to encourage those around me. Guide me as I walk in the example that You have set before me and inspire others to do the same. In Jesus name, Amen.

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