Titus 2:1-8 (The Message)
1 -6Your job is to speak out on the things that make for solid doctrine. Guide older men into lives of temperance, dignity, and wisdom, into healthy faith, love, and endurance. Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don't want anyone looking down on God's Message because of their behavior. Also, guide the young men to live disciplined lives. 7 -8But mostly, show them all this by doing it yourself, incorruptible in your teaching, your words solid and sane. Then anyone who is dead set against us, when he finds nothing weird or misguided, might eventually come around.
Here in these verses we find the apostle writing to Titus how he should carry out his ministry to others. He is told to speak about things which are solid doctrine and not deviate from the word of God. He is told to guide older men, older women and instruct them that they might become leaders to a younger generation. Most of all the apostle wants to every to lead a life faithful to God so that no one can find anything misguided about their preaching or their lives.
Rider founded the, American Combat Veterans of War, which is a growing trend to treat the mental toll war takes on its participants. Their mission involves older combat veterans encouraging recent combat veterans to get help for the psychological effects of war. The Warrior Transition program was established by Col. Darcy Kauer, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force's headquarters group at Camp Pendleton. Kauer estimates that 1,200 to 1,500 Marines participated during the first six months of it’s foundation. Kauer began the program to help Marines successfully re-enter civilian life and others to manage mental stress before they are sent into battle again. Kauer said he was moved by the plight of some Marines struggling with failed marriages, substance abuse and other problems after they had been in combat. Marines have gather to hear a stark message: Mental stress from combat, including post-traumatic stress disorder, can ruin lives and even end them when symptoms are left untreated. Months and years after a Marine returns from combat, the stress of war can result in irritability, sleeping disorders, substance abuse, thoughts of suicide and domestic violence. Had there not been such a program their might not have been hope for these young men. Yet they are able to relate to the older men and see how they have successfully come through the difficulties of war. The apostle wanted older men and woman to understand this concept so they might reach others and provide encouragement and hope through their faith in Christ. Are you reaching out to others who need your help? Pray God can use you to lift the burdens of those around you.