The best thing you and I can ever be to anyone in any area of life, is an example. A POSITIVE example! Apostle Paul told Timothy something profound in 1 Timothy 4:12; he said “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity”. When we are anything contrary to the above, it contradicts what God expects of us. An example is simply one who is serving as a pattern of a specific kind. It is also a person or way of behaving that is considered as a model for other people to copy. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Well, that should be YOU! It also applies to our family life. As a husband, strive to be an example to your wife and children, and to other men around you, showing them what indeed a man and a husband should be. As a wife, be an example to your husband and children, and other women around you, showing them what a woman and a wife indeed should be. Be an example to your co-workers, to acquaintances, to unbelievers, etc. An example is separate from the rest; it proves that even though things have been a particular way, it can be positively different. Stop thinking and talking like everybody else. People should see you and know that the difference is clear! Don’t take pride in being a source of concern to your spouse and family. They may say “all women or all men are the same, but she/he (speaking of you) is one of a kind, she/he is different, she/he is notable, she/he is striking, she/he is outstanding”. Let your family life be an example to others who are watching you. Your age, status, etc has nothing to do with it; an example, someone who is different is someone who cannot be ignored. No matter what others are saying about their own marriages, their own spouses, their own experiences, never allow yourself to join in the pack. Be the one that proves to them that marriage and family life is indeed for better living and not the opposite. Positive examples tend to be the minority, but don’t let that deter you. Remain focused on proving God’s concept of marriage and family life to the fullest. The good news is that His mercy and grace to help us is fully available!