As I jumped around to different blogs today I came across Joyfully Living for His Glory and she was starting a discussion on Titus, so I couldn't pass that by. Each week at joufullyliving.blogspot.com they will be looking at Titus 2. To start the conversation, the above question was presented...
In my eyes, a Titus 2 woman plays an incredible role in the way God works - that has definitely been the case in my life. Often times first thoughts of Titus 2 bring up the idea of a role model - someone who sets an example.
As a junior high and high school student, I had various older girls and women that I looked up, especially on the basketball floor. I treasured their comments and enjoyed watching them do the things I someday wanted to do. At the same time I looked forward to being in their shoes and promised to set a good example for the eyes that would someday watch me.
After graduating from college and giving my life to Christ, I found value in watching those who were ahead of me in their faith journey. Just like I had as a child I gained insight thru their words and saw who I wanted to become by watching their actions.
Many women have impacted me by living their lives as a Titus 2 woman, but one in particular has taken it a step further and become a spiritual mom. (See "She's a Friend") She has done all the things Paul talks about in Titus 2:4,5, but hasn't stopped there. Paul goes on to talk about salvation and the hope of Christ in 2:11-15, and Leanne has strengthened my faith because of her willingness to share hers.
In the last couple of years, God has really put it on my heart to share about the significance of spiritual mentoring in today's society. I am living proof that when He connects generations, He impacts lives and as women what an honor to play a part in His plan.
In order to do that we must constantly be aware of the message our lives are sending because someone is always watching. I truly believe our example is priceless, but at times He requires more of us. A Titus 2 woman realizes that and takes the time to really connect with the women around her.
Her words can encourage, her stories can uplift, her experience offers perspective, her listening ear gives comfort, her mistakes can prevent mine, her transparency helps me grow, the list goes on and on...
But the best thing a Titus 2 woman does is share God's love. I have found myself wondering from time to time what I've done to deserve the many blessings the Titus 2 women share with me and the answer is always the same - NOTHING!! I honestly believe God gave us Titus 2 women to give us a glimpse of Himself.
As I reflect on what a Titus 2 woman is, I realize in the world's eyes she is no different than anyone else, but then I remember God sees differently. He sees her heart, one that longs to live for Him and share that with others.
I have often wondered, "How can I thank these people?" I know there is nothing that will express my gratitude, so my prayer is I will use what they taught me and become a Titus 2 woman myself. After all my little girls are watching!