Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Trifecta

"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..."
(Titus 2:6-8)

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.
Simple in concept. Difficult to live out.  Crucial for ministry.
May it be so with me.

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