For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. (John 13:15 NRSV)
There was an amusing article in the newspapers sometime back. It was about America's premier mile runner of the 1940s, Gil Dodds. Dodds was known as "The Flying Parson" because he was an ordained minister. Dodds usually signed autographs along with a scripture reference. This was his way of setting an example. Not all of his fans knew what the notations meant, though. When he wrote "Phil. 4:13" as a shortened form of Philippians 4:13, one fan thought that was Dodds' phone number. Another mistook it for Dodds' performance in a race at Philadelphia. Dodds spent one summer running against Swedish great Gunder Hagg, and the promoters switched distances. They were supposed to run one mile. They ended up running two. So Dodds accompanied his autograph with "Matthew 5:43," which reads: "Whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two."
That is one way to set an example -- write a scripture reference next to your name. There are other ways -- quieter ways -- that may be more effective.
Weather we sign our names with a scripture verse, pray for someone in need, speak to many or simply help when the need arise all of us can set a Godly example.
Loving God, as I worship you today with my heart and praise, may my example be an important part of my faithful worship. In Jesus name, Amen.
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