Wherever you go, you can bet your boots that you're an example. I had a nice reminder of this yesterday when I showed Lucy my "new" boots. She had some fun trying them on. There was a little person parading around the house inside boots that went past her knees. "If I can walk around the whole room wearing these that means they fit!" Lol
When her mom got home from work they needed to quickly go to the store. I don't mind waiting for them to bundle up. I understand that it can be hard to get out the door with little kids, and a ride home is always worth the wait! I was ready for her to stick her arms in her coat when she ran into the foyer frantically looking for something. She came back into the kitchen wearing her black boots. It was the cutest thing ever. It's been a couple days, and she is still faithfully wearing her boots everywhere!
Here's the thing. I'm always an example. People are watching in every situation, AND they know how Christians are supposed to act! Chances are more than one person will hear about it later on and learn from my example in some way.
1 Timothy 4:12 tells us to be an example of the believers. Have you ever been told that it's not all about you? Well, it is true! My example doesn't just represent myself - it represents all believers and ultimately Christ. It's in my name. The term Christian literally means "to be like Christ" or "little Christ".
This verse gives us six ways that we can be examples: in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. These are all places that we could start paying special attention to. It would be easy for me to expound on each of these areas, but we won't go on any rabbit trails today. :)
We can't shy away from the fact that we are examples, but we can make the choice to be good or a bad one. Little eyes are watching, and the scary thing is they want to be JUST LIKE YOU!