Paul writes to Titus about the need for the church to guide future generations. He says "Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy love, faith, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up neither gossips or drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don't want anyone looking down on God's message because of their behavior. Also, guide young men to live disciplined lives. But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself." Titus 2:1-7 (Message)
This passage first impresses upon me the need to live my life in a way that will set a good example for those looking up to me. Not to be fake and pretend to have it all together, but to be real with my struggles and show how God can provide and be my strength where I fall short. I need to invest my time in those younger than me, especially young women without anyone else to guide them.
And it is also the desire of my heart to find a mentor. Someone who will push me, encourage me, and speak the truth in love. Someone who will take time out of their busy schedule to invest in me. Don't we all need that? I had a mentor in college who guided me during my "baby steps" as a Christian, but many life changes and distance separates us now. So I'm looking to you, women at New Hope. I'll be watching you. Teach me well.