"Likewise, urge younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, gravity, and sound speech that cannot be censured..."
I still think of myself as a "younger man." Despite being 43, I don't' really feel "older." So when I was reading the book of Titus today, and they list 5 groups of people (older men, older women, young women, younger men, & slaves), I identified with the "younger men" (I think the -er ending helps a lot!).
The author instructs us younger men to be self-controlled, to model good works, and to teach in such a way that one's opponents can't find any faults. He gives 3 tenants of teaching as guidelines: INTEGRITY, GRAVITY, & SOUND SPEECH. As a 'younger man' who teaches on a regular basis, this caused me to reflect...
- Integrity... May what I say reflect who I am, what I believe, and how I live...
- Gravity... May I speak about things that actually matter in people's lives... that have depth & relevance.
- Sound Speech... May my words be clear, grounded, easy to understand, and true.
May it be so with me.