five minute friday: young
Being young makes you vulnerable to many things. We have much to learn when we’re young. Life, marriage, parenting, relationships, career, trials, pains, losses. Seems the older we get we more we realize we knew so little when we were young.
Paul speaks right into this when he writes to his young mentee, Titus in the book by that name. He warns his young protégé to teach what accords to sound doctrine. He has Titus warn those in the church who no longer consider themselves young to remember to teach the young behind them how to live Christlike in a very unchristlike world.
Our current world, in 2020, finds itself unchristlike in many ways. But the “previously young” still have the same opportunity those in Titus’ church had…teach the young to live like Jesus, our Savior and living example!
Paul challenges Titus to teach those older woman “to teach what is good and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:4-5
What are we teaching those younger than us? As the next generation watches, how we speak to others, respect elders and authority or respond to the needs of those who need us?
Are we concerned with teaching or demonstrating what is good, as defined by God?
How might we be training younger women to love their husbands? We could encourage date nights in marriage or submission and appreciation of husbands. Are we grateful for our own men and spending more time pray for them than complaining about them? It can be hard, especially in the midst of marriage trials. Ask me how I know. But to honor our Lord, we are called to something different.
What about loving our children? Are we loving them when we complain they have to be home to do school this year (not the same as true homeschooling since homeschooling is not about location!)? When our children hear that we wish they would GO to school, what does that translate to in their young minds? Someone older once told me, as I parented my toddlers, to never speak badly of them, lest they overhear that and live up to that. Instead choose to speak well of them and to them and by God’s grace, they will live up to that.
How are we practicing self-control, purity, working at home, and kindness? All the while we sit for hours with our phones in our face trying to numb the world around us. Yet that world we keep ignoring is those within our homes and families these days. I find myself more irritable and far less self controlled when I am wrapped up in my phone more than in my people. Working at home feels like an inconvenience if my heart and mind are pressed further into my phone then into the Word.
What if today we were intentional in our love for Truth and actually lived out the action of love for our husband, an act of gentleness for our child, put self control on our phones and acted in purity, and focused on blessing our home rather than social media?
Then maybe today you and I might do our part in not encouraging the Word of God to be reviled. We might actually honor God’s word, regardless if we consider ourselves old or young. Oh the impact it might have on those younger than us who are watching closely.
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