I know, if you have any experience with children, they are always watching. They are always listening, even when you don’t think they are. They can be utterly immersed in their own world, thinking and playing and still hear you say something or see you do something…you really should not have. We all heard it said, “Children are like sponges. They soak up everything around them.” – And they do. In Paul’s writing to Timothy, he gave him instructions in many things. He spoke several times about how Timothy was to behave and “carry” himself as a Christian. In 1 Timothy 4: 15-16, he says, 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. Paul was telling Timothy that his actions matter! The people in Ephesus were looking to him for guidance and that he was to be a living, breathing example of a life lived for Christ. When we claim to be “Christian,” the world watches us at all times. We are teaching people around us what it means to be a follower of Christ…for good or bad! The world is watching us when we drive our cars, stand in line at the grocery store, or at the courthouse paying our property taxes, or how we treat the waiter at the restaurant…We are always teaching; even when we think we are not.