I grew up in North Carolina but when I was about 5-6 years old I lived for a short time in Florida and Texas. I spent a brief time in Florida again in college but ended up moving out to Oregon to marry my husband. A year after our wedding we were settling into a new home in Minnesota for him to finish his college education. About two years and five months later we moved back to Oregon. We were back in Oregon only about seven to eight months before moving to Nebraska where we lived for two years. We have already been here in Missouri for three months. Did you follow all that?
Perhaps, or almost certainly, what has been missing from our (me and my husband) lives has been Christ-like examples within the Church demonstrating and urging proper behavior and attitudes. I feel Paul knew that it was not enough that the pastor preach about proper conduct. It is vital that there be accountability and real examples among the community. It is not enough that we young people open our hearts to advice and counsel but that older people not only live their lives as examples but have the courage to speak up and be willing to teach.
It has most certainly been a struggle in today's present society for myself. My choices of marrying young and having my children young and being a stay at home mother that plans to homeschool my children have not always been greeted with enthusiastic encouragement and support. My own mother was a good example for me but it would have been useful to see more women in the church as examples. Thankfully I am finding inspiration from other women on the internet who choose to be Godly wives and mothers and share their thoughts on these matters. Knowingly or unknowingly they are being Titus 2 women and truly making a difference.
In today's society, it can also be quite a struggle for a young man pursuing the ability to provide for his family and lead them to live Godly lives. A simple and Godly life and sharing that with your family isn't what young men are often told is the key to success. A fulfilling career, personal accomplishment, and the pursuit of self-fulfilling entertainment are what society says will make them happy. A man may seek to be blessed but he can not be truly blessed until he sees the simplicity of the meaning of the word. Blessed means to be "blissfully happy or contented."
Until we purpose with our hearts to live out our God given rolls in life, listen to the counsel of the older community members, and be willing to teach others, we will not likely experience the full benefits of a Church community. Let's all purpose to be Titus 2 Christ followers.