You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5 : 13 - 16
* One fine day two Crabs came out from their home to take a stroll on the sand. ‘Child,’ said the mother, ‘you are walking very ungracefully. You should accustom yourself, to walking straight forward without twisting from side to side.’ ‘Pray, mother,’ said the young one, ‘do but set the example yourself, and I will follow you.’
Do you wish to see your younger generation to be brought up in Christ's love? If yes, it is your duty to set an example. Giving advices is the easiest thing in this world. But setting an example is just the reverse. When we just speak and read a lot about the Bible and fail to do what it says, we are no more setting the examples. That's why Paul asks us to be the doers of the Word and not just the listeners. Jesus asks us to be the salt and the light of this world, but many times do you realize that we behave just as the pepper and darkness? Jesus asks us to reflect Him so that He may be glorified. Do you think we do what He says? How many times the people around you see the Lord in you? Do they see Him at least once in a while? Example is the best precept.