Timothy, a young pastor, faced heavy responsibilities in the church at Ephesus - training believers, leading in worship, countering false doctrine. The older, experienced apostle Paul gave him instruction on leading the church in these areas, but he also mentioned the importance of personal conduct. He said, "Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Tim. 4:12). Paul challenged Timothy: "Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine" (v. 16). If he paid attention to his own spiritual life and to solid doctrine, he would be a godly example to the church family.
We all have others who are observing us. Even our younger siblings and friends are watching us. Let's live our lives in such a way that those who follow our example will help others in their walk with God. A good example has more value than good advice.