The final question in my series is "Who are you collecting?" I want you to consider those who surround you, those who look up to you, those who are watching you and perhaps even admiring you. If they were to answer these three questions, you might be listed under their question 1, "Who Are You Following?" http://goldenruleliving.blogspot.com/2012/05/1st-question.html
Of all the three questions, this group (those you are collecting) is one that you don't really have control over. You're not always sure who they are, where they are, or why you are collecting them. They may be your own children, your co-workers, women and young ladies at your church or even strangers.
I just finished teaching the teenage girls class at our Vacation Bible School, I also typically teach the teen girls half of the year. I started this blog, speak at ladies days and write articles for other publications. But last week during that class, I kept thinking about the seriousness of this question - who am I collecting? I want to make sure what I say matches how I behave. Many of the people who hear me or read my articles and blog are also friends with me on Facebook. I want my posts and pictures to match up with what I say and write. "Practice what you preach" comes to mind.
Titus 2:3-5 says "the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things- that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed." I have always said that I am always older than somebody else, and I don't have to wait until I'm old to be this Titus 2 "older" woman. To prove my point, I selected a few girls in the class and asked them their age, and then pointed out someone in our group who was younger than them and who might be looking up to them as an example.
With this question, the only one we do have control over is our self. Are we making good choices in our daily life so that if someone was following us, they would make the same good choices? Am I imitating God so that those who are looking to us for an example are ultimately looking to God? I Corinthians 11:1