Saying and Doing
Being a good example is better than giving good advice.Kids have little respect for a parent who says, “Do what I say, not what I do.” Employees aren’t likely to admire a boss who says the same thing. Bosses think that the hypocrisy of what they have been doing has gone unnoticed by the employees; parents know that any inconsistent action on their part will be noticed, and remembered, by their children.
Any point that you try to make with words will be disregarded if your actions suggest that you don’t believe what you are saying. This principle is particularly true when you talk to other people about God. You won’t be an effective representative for Him if you talk one way and live another. You take God’s reputation with you wherever you go. Make sure that your conduct is consistent with what you have been saying about Him. People are watching more than they are listening.
And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.