Reflections by the Sea: Being an Example
By Betsy Ore Glass
Do not try to rule over those who have been put in your care, but be examples to the flock. – 1Peter 5:3
I am reminded every time my little grandson comes to visit that I am being observed for how I behave, react and talk. He notices how I hold a pencil, how I use my fork. How often I use my napkin. We have been doing a little cooking together. I want him to enjoy many things in life. When I laugh when flour hits the floor, we both giggle and clean it up together. When I sweep the walkway out front, he has a broom too and he is learning to keep things nice and tidy. I pass out imaginary manners. All my little friends get a handful of air from my pocket to theirs and before we go to a restaurant or sit in church, everyone has plenty of manners to carry them through. The manners contain all the “please and thank you’s” that we need plus lots of kindness, helpfulness, patience and being polite in general
Who is the best example that we can all follow? Our Almighty Father! He is the Ultimate One. He teaches in the Bible how we are to love, behave, forgive and more. Ephesians 5 is a wonderful chapter that offers guidelines. Since you are God’s dear children, you must try to be like him. Ephesians 5:1 Let these little eyes catch us doing good for our neighbors, being helpful. Showing God’s love to those in need. Teaching a child to treat a pet well with respect goes a long way in helping to shape character. God’s Light is the example and we can spread that light in our families, in our circle of friends, in our community and especially in the next generation.
Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at email@example.com or read additional Reflections at www.betsyoreglass.com.
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