1 Timothy 4:12
Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
From the time I was a preteen right through high school my mother said to me every morning as I left for school, “Son, be thou an example.” Even though I sometimes resented it, her words had a tremendous preserving effect on my life, and I am very thankful now for her faithfulness then. The Word of God tells us, “None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  .  .  . Whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.” We cannot live our lives in a vacuum and we cannot live our lives selfishly, thinking that what we do has no effect on other Christians. It does have an effect, whether for good or for bad. We are members of the same body and we are told to be an example.