“Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.” Titus 2:6-8 [ESV] -> me: As most of you know, Marianne and I lead a Young Marrieds Life Group. Today’s passage was very relevant to me as a biblical leader of a group and of course, the eldership candidacy program I am in is also teaching me the importance of the teaching in the Pastorals (1 and 2 Timothy and Titus). I know I can do better in all the areas mentioned above -> 1) I could bringup the aspect of self-control more…especially in light of our ‘exposure/identity culture’. 2) I don’t think I can ‘check off’ the model of good works piece at all. 3) My teaching is sometimes prepared at the last minute with very little prayer and study beforehand. This passage was very convicting for me today…I feel like there are ways that I am failing my men. Lord God, help me through your Holy Spirit to have the strength and forethought to put in the necessary time, before you, when I prepare. Help me to see the places that I can be a better model for good works and bring to mind the subjects to start conversations that result in better self-control for those I am shepherding.